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Langton's Nonsuch apple

This is an old English variety, originating in Church Langton, Leicestershire, England, from which its name derives.

The apples are middle sized, slightly-flattened conical in shape, usually about two and a half inches in diameter, and two and a quarter inches deep. The stalk is short, slender, in a shallow cavity, seldom projecting beyond the base. The skin is pale yellow, spotted and marbled with orange, with numerous broken stripes and patches of brick-red on the sunny side. The flesh is unusually white, soft, and tender. The juice is sweet and tart and slightly perfumed.

Langton's Nonesuch is also a good culinary variety. It is more acidic than most dessert varieties, having an intense sharp aromatic flavour and a characteristic flowery scent. It keeps in good condition for about a week; after a fortnight the flesh becomes soft and crumbly in texture.

The tree is slender and tip-bearing and there is some susceptibility to woolly aphis. The blossom is white and the flowering period is early; a few days earlier than Bramley.

The variety has also been called 'Hanbury' and 'Sans-Pareil'. It has been known since the late 1700s, but was last recorded in England in the 1920s. A tree was located in a garden in Germany by the Leicestershire Heritage Apples Project during 2007, and trees are being propagated.  

USDA identification images for Langton's Nonsuch

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

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

    Visitor reviews

    • 09 Apr 2013  LEICESTERSHIRE, United Kingdom
      Sharper style, slightly aromatic, perfumed, juicy; very unusual.

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    United Kingdom

    • Melanie in Leicester, LEICESTERSHIRE


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: Leicestershire, central England., United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1700s


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange


    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

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