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Golden Noble

Culinary apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Discovered by Patrick Flanagan, head gardener to Sir Thomas Harr, Stowe Hall, Downham, Norfolk. It was mentioned by William Forsyth in 1803. It was introduced by Patrick Flanagan to the Horticultural Society of London in 1820. Fruits are a little soft, fairly fine-textured, very juicy, and acid. Cooks extremely well, breaking up completely.

Blagorodnoe zheltoe, Drap d'Or, Edelapfel gelbe, Edelapfel gelber, Galben Nobil, Gelber Edel, Gelber Edel Apfel, Gelber Edelapfel, Gelber Schneibenapfel, Glassapfel, Glassreinette, Glow of the West, Golden Stanger, Golden Stranger, Gough's Seedling, Guldnobel, Ivanhoe, Jioltoe blagorodnoe, John Peel, Lady Richardson, Lord Clyde, Lord Glyde, Lord Stanwick, Mela nobile gialla, Peper's Fall, Plattapfel, Reper's Fall, Rutlandshire Foundling, Szlachetna, Terraughtie Short Meg, UslechtilT zlute, Wachsapfel, Zheltoe blagorodnoe, Zitronenapfel, Zlute spanile, Zlute uclechtile
Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in the East of England Apples & Orchards Project
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Donnington)
Father to:
Edward VII

Accession No.
1974 - 407


Accession name
Golden Noble
Flowering time  ›››
10th May10% flowering
16th MayFull (80%) flowering
24th May90% petal fall
Picking time
Early October 1
large 1
Globose conical 1
65.30 mm 1
75.98 mm 1
very weak 1
weak 1
Ground Colour
Yellow 1
Over Colour
n/a 1
Over Colour Amount
absent 1
Over Colour Pattern
n/a 1
low 1
crisp 1
coarse 1
Flesh Colour
Cream 1

1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.
2. Smith, M. (1971) National Apple Register