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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.

Golden Noble identification images

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USDA identification images for Golden Noble

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.


  • Year: 1921

  • Year: 1908

  • Year: 1928

Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Offspring of this variety


Visitor reviews

  • 24 Nov 2018  HAMILTON, United Kingdom
    Ideal for our small garden. Cooks quickly to a purée and doesn't need much sugar. A bit prone to scab. I can eat them as a dessert apple, but a bit too sour for the rest of the family. We're 55 degrees north here and it seems to thrive. Bumper year 2018, over 700 apples!
  • 14 Apr 2017  CALIFORNIA, United States
    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  WI, United States
    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  CAMBS, United Kingdom
    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.

Tree register

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United Kingdom

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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Harvest records for this variety

2019 season

  • 3rd week September  2019  - tree owned by Tony in Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • October  2016  - tree owned by Elaine in Mold, United Kingdom

2013 season

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

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

2010 season

  • 1st week September  2010  - tree owned by Hugh in Stratford-Upon-Avon, 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

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Introduced: 1820

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
  • Food uses: Culinary
  • Food uses: Traditional cooker
  • Food uses: Juice
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Discoloration of fruit: No discoloration (Good for drying)

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
  • Attractive features: Attractive tree / plant
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 5
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Bearing regularity: Regular

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Golden Noble:

United States


United Kingdom


Canada


Australia




References

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

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