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Red Prince apple

Red Prince was discovered growing as a chance seedling in a commercial orchard near Weert in the Netherlands, not far from the border with Germany, in 1994.  It is also widely known as Red Jonaprince.  As the name suggests, it is almost entirely red at the time of harvest.

It appears to be a cross between Jonathan and Golden Delicious varieties, both of which were being grown in the area.  This makes it a sibling of Jonagold, which shares the same parentage.

Some authorities believe it is a natural sport mutation of Jonagold rather than a seedling.  However since it was discovered as a tree, rather than as a mutated branch of an existing tree, it seems more likely to be a true seedling.  Another factor suggesting it is a seedling is that it ripens several weeks earlier than Jonagold, which would be unusual for a sport mutation.

Red Prince is grown commercially in Ontario, Canada.  It is marketed as a winter apple, since it benefits from a time in storage before eating.

More information about the origins of Red Prince can be found on the Global Fruit website.

Last updated 28 Jun 2011.

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09 Oct 2012 
I believe this to be a truly outstanding eating apple - wonderful flavour, nice balance of sweet to tart, super crisp and juicey. My favourite variety. I've only eaten Ontario (Canada) grown - might differ by climate.

09 Mar 2012 
This apple showed up in Central Texas in the first week of March. Beautiful--the pale lenticels are striking. Pale yellow flesh, very crisp. Sweet-tart taste, and the first one I ate had a very distinct and pleasant rose aroma and taste. The second was not so perfumed, but still a nice apple.

22 Jun 2011 
I have eaten out-of-hand and cooked with this apple. A wonderful, sweet and tangy flavour. Jucier than average. Firm apple.

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A deep red sweet apple. Unusually for a modern commercial apple Red Prince arose the old-fashioned way, discovered growing as a chance seedling in an orchard in 1994.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Thought to be Jonathan x Golden Delicious
  • Originates from: Weert, Netherlands
  • Introduced: 1994
  • Developed by: Wilton Weert B.V.
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1998


  • Fruit colour: Red


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Flowering period: Late season
  • Flowering group: 5
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Average growth


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters

Relationships to other varieties

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Also known as

  • Red Jonaprince

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