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Norfolk Royal apple

A sweet old-fashioned apple, with a delicate melon flavour - very likeable

Norfolk Royal identification images

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USDA identification images for Norfolk Royal

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.

    Sports of this variety

    Sports are natural genetic mutations of the original variety.


    Visitor reviews

    • 16 Oct 2012  NORFOLK, United Kingdom
      Acquired my Norfolk Royal tree 1997. It always produces Large sweet fruit. Best apple I've ever tasted. Best straight from the tree, but cooks up well too. I wouldn't be without this tree!
    • 10 Jan 2012  NORTH WALES, United Kingdom
      I don't like apples very much - but this one is the exception. It has an amazingly sweet and aromatic flavour and the apple itself is huge, crisp (but without hurting your teeth) and very picturesque. The only drawback is that our tree is now cropping alternate years and doesn't have a heavy crop when it does produce - even though there are lots of pollinators all around it. And it doesn't keep.
    • 06 Dec 2011  LONDON, United Kingdom
      Julie jm.stevens28@yahoo.co.uk Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Have just had mine identified. Best picked just before pips turn brown. Flesh mainly greeny-white, but where sun catches the skin it turns red, and the red blush seeps through. Sweet, sharp, so juicy. Keeps better if unpicked
    • 23 Nov 2011  HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom
      I have just had my two apple trees identified as Norfolk Royal. They were in the garden when I moved here 26 years ago. They are the best eating apple I know. The skins look like they have been polished on the tree before turning sticky.
    • 09 Mar 2011  FRODSHAM CHESHIRE, United Kingdom
      The 4 grafts we had done at the local horticultural college last year, from our neighbour's Norfolk Royal all flourished, and have now had their maiden pruning. Had another 4 done this year. Lovely apple to eat and cook. Carol Tarr
    • 24 Oct 2010  HANTS, United Kingdom
      Just had an apple identified as Norfolk Royal and wanted to check if people might agree. The skin is very greasy, the flesh is crisp but not overly so. Occassionaly the flesh can taste a little 'soapy'. Mid-Oct seems to be the latest harvesting date. Appearance seems to differ from deep red to almost stripey red/yellow. Last year the flesh has a slight 'fizzy' feel when harvested in early Nov. Does this sound consistent with Norfolk Royal?
    • 18 Oct 2009  EAST SUSSEX, United Kingdom
      I tried this at the Apple Festival at Brogdale (National Fruit Collection) - in my opinion, the nicest apple there. Really tasty but also crisp and juicy. Definitely a top apple for taste, although no great shakes to look at.
    • 28 Sep 2009  NORFOLK, United Kingdom
      I have one in the garden - about 23 years old. Very prolific and beautiful flavour. Agree that they don't store well but freshly picked off the tree they are delicious!
    • 24 May 2008  TENBURY WELLS, WORCESTERSHIRE, United Kingdom
      I have a norfolk royal, approx 80 years old, that produces an enormous amount of excellent fruit every year. They are rather greasy on the skin but the flesh is very tasty, and they don't keep very long after picking.

    Tree register

    United Kingdom

    Netherlands

    Norway

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2016 season

    • 1st May  2016  - tree owned by Carol in Frodsham, United Kingdom

    2015 season

    • 1st May  2015  - tree owned by Carol in Frodsham, United Kingdom

    2014 season

    • 27th April  2014  - tree owned by Carol in Frodsham, United Kingdom

    2013 season

    • 24th May  2013  - tree owned by Carol in Frodsham, United Kingdom
    • 24th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
    • 20th May  2013  - tree owned by Penelope in Andover, United Kingdom

    2012 season

    • 8th May  2012  - tree owned by Penelope in Andover, United Kingdom

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2018 season

    • 4th week August  2018  - tree owned by Ann in Nottingham, United Kingdom

    2017 season

    • 2nd week September  2017  - tree owned by Ann in Nottingham, United Kingdom

    2016 season

    • 3rd week October  2016  - tree owned by Carol in Frodsham, United Kingdom

    2015 season

    • 3rd week October  2015  - tree owned by Carol in Frodsham, United Kingdom
    • 1st week September  2015  - tree owned by Ann in Nottingham, United Kingdom

    2014 season

    • 2nd week September  2014  - tree owned by Carol in Frodsham, United Kingdom

    2013 season

    • 3rd week October  2013  - tree owned by Carol in Frodsham, United Kingdom

    2012 season

    • 3rd week October  2012  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom

    2011 season

    • 4th week September  2011  - tree owned by Andy in Dereham, United Kingdom
    • August  2011  - tree owned by Julie in London, United Kingdom

    2009 season

    • 3rd week September  2009  - tree owned by Chris in South Wales, United Kingdom

    Origins

    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Parentage: Unknown
    • Introduced: 1905

    Growing

    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular

    Climate

    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Norfolk Royal:

    United Kingdom




    References

    • Apples of England (1948)
      Author: Taylor

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