Golden Noble is a great base apple for cider – lots of juice, and a good balance of tartness and sweetness. Golden Noble is also a good apple variety for the gardener, easy to grow, heavy-cropping, and the tree usually grows in an attractive shape. Golden Noble has one of the highest vitamin C levels of any apple.
Discovered by Patrick Flanagan, gardener to Sir Thomas Hare of Stowe Hall in an old orchard at Downham, Norfolk, UK. Flanagan exhibited the fruit at the London Horticultural Society in 1820. A popular variety in Victorian and Edwardian England grown commercially until the 1930’s. Golden Noble remains a popular garden apple in the UK to this day. It produces attractive blossom, and the tree generally grows in neat and tidy fashion 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.