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Golden Noble apple



Golden Noble is a well-known English cooking apple, originating in the early 19th century.  It was discovered by the gardener of Sir Thomas Harr of Stowe Hall in Norfolk, who obtained a cutting from a tree in a nearby orchard.  Sir Thomas presented it to the Horticultural Society of London in 1820.  It soon established itself as a popular culinary apple.

Golden Noble remains a popular garden apple in the UK to this day.  It has several excellent qualities and deserves consideration if you are looking for a more interesting alternative to Bramley's Seedling.  It produces attractive blossom, and the tree generally grows in neat and tidy fashion (unlike Bramley) making it a good choice as a feature tree for the garden.  It also bears fruit early in its life.  In the kitchen it cooks down to a puree with, for a cooker, a relatively sweet flavour which holds up well in cooking.

Golden Noble therefore has all the attributes of a good cooking apple - at least in English eyes.  It has not had much success outside the UK, probably because in Europe and North America there is a preference for apples which keep their shape - what the English regard as a puree the Americans see as a mush.

Last updated 10 Nov 2012.

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Visitor comments

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14 Apr 2017 
In Southern California, Golden Noble apples ripen fully in October and are very sweet. The apples grow large and have a yellow skin when ripe. It makes a great eating apple.


26 Nov 2011 
This is a great base apple for cider -- lots of juice, good balance of tartness and sweetness (not so much astringency though), and not too expensive. You get a lot of bang for your resources out of this apple.


17 Jan 2011 
Totally agree with comments. I also find the apples are excellent for eating, just before they fully ripen. Nice thin skins. I make purees and chutney with them. The late blossoming is an advantage in avoiding frost. My tree is in a dry and windy situation but does really well in spite of this. I prune it to keep it in proportion with the size of my garden. V. attractive to butterflies and bees all season. Above table v. useful.



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A sweet-flavoured cooking apple, and a good tree for the garden.

Golden Noble phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1820
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1025
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1974-407

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Bultitude apple group: 5. Yellow, smooth, sweet or acidic

Using

  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months
  • Vitamin C content: High

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Late season
  • Flowering group: 5
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer
  • Attractive features: Attractive blossom
  • General disease resistance: Average

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Susceptible

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993

Diseases

  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Mildew  - Very susceptible
  • Fireblight  - Very susceptible

Relationships to other varieties

Offspring of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor
  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

Golden Noble identification photos from official fruit collections

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Golden Noble identification photos from website visitors


Golden Noble apples - note the tip-bearing tendency
Golden Noble apples - note the tip-bearing tendency

Copyright: C. Alderman

Golden Noble apples
Golden Noble apples

Copyright: C. Alderman

Golden Noble tree showing the neat growth habit
Golden Noble tree showing the neat growth habit

Copyright: C. Alderman

Golden Noble blossom
Golden Noble blossom

Copyright: C. Alderman


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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 12th May  2014  - tree owned by Mark in Leyburn, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • April  2013  - tree owned by Dave in Santa Barbara, United States

2012 season

  • 25th April  2012  - tree owned by Carole in Peterborough, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 19th April  2011  - tree owned by Hugh in Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • May  2009  - tree owned by Carole in Peterborough, United Kingdom
  • April  2009  - tree owned by Hugh in Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

    2013 season

    • October  2013  - tree owned by Dave in Santa Barbara, United States

    2012 season

      2011 season

      • 4th week September  2011  - tree owned by Hugh in Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
      • 2nd week September  2011  - tree owned by Carole in Peterborough, United Kingdom

      2009 season

      • October  2009  - tree owned by Carole in Peterborough, United Kingdom
      • 2nd week September  2009  - tree owned by Hugh in Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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