Lane's Prince Albert

A Multi-Use Apple.

First Reported1841
AppearanceShiny Green
Cropsmid October
Use byNov 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.

External Sites with Further Information

Orange Pippin     RHS

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