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Golden Spire apple

Golden Spire was intrroduced in the Victorian period, primarily as a cooking apple.  It was discovered in Lancashire but spread to Gloucestershire where it was known as Tom Matthews and grown for cider production.

It remains popular in England as a garden variety, and is notable for its distinctive cider-like flavour.  The flesh is juicy and it cooks to a puree with an excellent apple flavour.

Last updated 10 Nov 2012.

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Current rating: 4.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 6

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06 Dec 2015 
I've just had an apple tree in a local hedgerow identified as. golden Spire by Brogdale. It's about 10 miles north of Inverness, and I haven't the foggiest how it got here. Now that I know what it is I may try growing some from piosnext year.

10 Nov 2012 
My mother has an old Golden Spire in her orchard. The fruit has a very distinctive, firm flesh with a slightly sour aftertaste - cidery, as some other reviews have said. It is an excellent eating apple, as well as being good for purees and baking

21 Oct 2012 
My grandparents had one in their large garden at Wollaston, Northants. It was probably planted in the late 19th century when the house was built. I knew it in the 1960s when I was a boy, and well remember its distinctive smell and taste (my mum, in her 80s, has just recently told me the variety). I intend to plant one in my garden. One practical point: as I remember, it's not a great keeper - one to be used early and enjoyed.

05 Oct 2009 
There's one growing in Kylemore Abbey near Galway. I filched a couple of windfalls, lovely fresh taste. The tree looked great too, covered in fantastic lichens

26 Oct 2008 
My neighbour has just brought us over a load of these. They're oddly mis-shapen apples, with greenie yellow skin and pale, creamy white flesh.There is a little sharpness, but it's not unpleasant, with a cidery back-taste as previously mentioned. Eight of us have tried, including my two year-old, and we all agree, it's a thumbs up for eating/cooking.

11 Oct 2008 
We have this variety growing in our garden and happily eat them straight of the branch. Good taste, sweet but with a 'cidery' hint to it. Crops well, unfortunately the wasps also love the apples.

18 Sep 2008 
Just tried one of these - I agree ! Fabulous cidery back-taste, perfectly edible (or at least the one i have just eaten was!). Probably best to classify as a 'Cooking/Eating' variety. Didn't this apple originate in Lancashire?

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A good quality yellow cooking apple.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1850
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1163
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-039
  • Some historical details taken with kind permission from 'The New Book of Apples' by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards , illustrated by Elisabeth Dowle, published by Ebury Press, 2002.


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper


  • Flowering period: Early season
  • Flowering group: 1
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Attractive features: Attractive tree


  • Scab  - Some susceptibility

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Golden Spire identification photos from official fruit collections

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