Golden Reinette

Why you should be excited


Golden Reinette is an English old-timer that was considered a top variety back in the 19th century.

The story of Golden Reinette

You know an apple’s been around for a while when it already was an ancient variety when it attained great popularity in 19th century England.

Golden Reinette has an uncertain distant history, but was very much on people’s radar (even if the concept of radar was then unknown) in the 1800s, when it was considered among the top dozen varieties for fresh eating and was renowned as a cooker in Apple Charlotte and other classic dishes.

Golden Reinette’s star might have faded over the past century, but it remains a memorable throw-back to the day when people would actually debate which apple varieties belonged on a ‘top 12’ list.

Golden Reinette Facts

Its origins

Uncertain, but likely goes back to 17th century England.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The crisp, deep-cream coloured flesh has a very nice, uncomplicated apple flavour.


A handsome gold-coloured apple covered with an orange-red flush.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Very good.

Quality for cider

Not particularly known for use in cider, but like many heritage varieties, Golden Reinette would be a good addition to a cider blend.

Keeping ability

Good (3 to 4 months when kept refrigerated).