Lane's Prince Albert
 

Lane's Prince Albert

Fruit of the Month - July 2017

A Multi-Use Apple

First Reported1841
LocationBirkhamstead
UseDessert
AppearanceShiny Green
Cropsmid October
UseNov to Mar

Lane’s Prince Albert is widely reported to have originated from a seedling planted by Thomas Squire at Berkhampstead, Herts. in 1841 on the very day that Prince Albert and Queen Victoria stopped off at a coaching inn called the ‘King’s Head’, an event which prompted Mr. Squire to name his new variety as Victoria and Albert. It is believed to be a cross between Russet Nonpareil and Dumellor’s Seedling.

John Lane, a local nurseryman, was so impressed by the compact growth, cropping and general appearance of this variety that he made it his business to obtain grafting material to propagate trees which in due course were introduced to market. In 1850 the apple was renamed as Lane’s Prince Albert. Lane’s Prince Albert was exhibited at the British Pomological Society in 1857. It was awarded a First Class Certificate by the RHS in 1872 and achieved a Garden of Merit award in 1993.

It is a very attractive culinary apple with bright green skin which can turn yellow and has a greasy sheen. It is flushed with orange/red and displays red stripes. It has well-defined grey/red russet lenticels. Its flesh, which is white with a greenish tinge, is acidic and juicy.

It can still be found in many gardens and is a very good variety which is still widely used in juice production. It is very useful in recipes which require the fruit to keep its shape when cooked. Picked in mid-October; it will store round to March. Can be eaten as a dessert apple later in the season.

External Sites with Further Information

Orange Pippin     RHS

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