Some things people frequently ask us about the Red Prince®.
What is the difference between the Red Prince® apple and other apple varieties?
The Red Prince® is only available for a limited time. It is locally available from the Winter until the Summer, where as other local apples are typically sold immediately after they are harvested in the fall. The Red Prince® is cellared from the fall until the new year to bring out its full taste and texture. It has a deep, red colour which indicates that it is high in antioxidants.

It has a very unique flavour combination – it is both sweet and juicy (like the Golden Delicious) and crisp and tangy (like the Jonathan).

The Red Prince® is also unique because of the many ways it can be prepared. It is delicious when eaten fresh – on it’s own or in salads – but it is also perfect to be cooked, baked or juiced. It truly is your all-in-one apple.

What’s really exciting about the Red Prince® is that, for so many people, it’s grown so close to home. It is a local Ontario apple, available from the Winter until the Summer. On top of all of this, it stays crisp for weeks if stored in the fridge.

What are the characteristics of the Red Prince® apple?
The Red Prince®’s most charming characteristics are its nutrient-rich, red skin, its tangy-sweet flavour and its versatility. It is excellent when eaten fresh, used in salads, cooked, sauteed,  put in soup, used in baked goods or made into juice. Simply put, the Red Prince® is your go-to apple for almost everything.
How is it available in the winter when other apples are ripe in the fall?
The Red Prince® apple is harvested in the Fall and cellared for several months, allowing it to fully develop its robust, tangy-sweet flavour. This is similar to how wines must be cellared to mature.
Where can I buy Red Prince® apples?

With the Red Prince® being distributed to many major supermarkets and retailers each year, there’s a good chance you’ll find some close to home. Check our WHERE TO BUY page to learn more.

Is it true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away?
It can certainly help! Indicated by its rich red skin, the apple is high in antioxidants, which can protect your body from harmful cell damage. They are delicious and packed with fibre, protein and essential fatty acids. That’s a whole lot of benefits you can hold in one hand. Click here for nutritional information.
Are they grown anywhere else?

Yes! We are now growing Red Prince in Quebec and Maritimes outside our home base in Ontario.

Is this apple organic? Does it contain pesticides?
Red Prince® apples are grown in a uniquely sustainable and innovative fashion that puts heavy focus on greatly minimizing pesticide application. For more information on Red Prince® apple’s growing practices, view our growing practices page.
Is the apple genetically modified?
Absolutely not. Like many other apple varieties we have today, it is a natural cross between two apples: A Golden Delicious and a Red Jonathan. It has inherited the best properties of both. It is sweet and juicy like the Golden Delicious and is wonderfully crisp and tangy like the Jonathan.
What is so special about this apple?
As indicated by its deep red skin, the Red Prince® apple is high in antioxidants and has a very unique flavour combination – it is sweet and juicy like the Golden Delicious and it’s wonderfully crisp and tangy like the Jonathan. It stores well, retaining its crisp texture, and is a premium Ontario apple that is available only from Winter through to Summer. The Red Prince®’s unique cellar maturation process sets it aside from other premium apples, but to best answer this question you have to try one for yourself. You’ll see what we mean.
How much does the apple cost (retail)?
It is up to retailers to decide pricing, much like any other product. However, the Red Prince® is a premium apple, so it is priced similar to other premium apples in any grocery store.
Where can people go to learn more about the Red Prince® apple?
Our website has great recipe ideas, nutrition facts and information on how the apples are grown. Additional areas to learn more are our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.
Why is it called the Red Prince®? What is the origin of its name?
The Red Prince® apple brand whose cultivar is Red Jonaprince arose as a mutation. The Princen brothers who are apple growers based in the town of Weert along the German-Dutch border discovered this apple in their orchard in 1994. The Botden Family was inspired by the deep red colour of the apple and decided to trademark it as the Red Prince® in Canada in 2012.
What should I look for in stores to find Red Prince® apples?
To see what Red Prince® apples and their packaging look like, you can find them in-store or by visiting the Our Apples page.

Note: The 2.5lbs bags are PP5 recyclable

Is there a sustainability practice involved when growing Red Prince® apples?

Yes! Our orchards operate using the most up to date management practices in order to minimize resource usage per apple produced. With high efficiency crop protection equipment and drip fertigation systems our inputs are used as efficiently as possible to produce sustainably produced, high quality apples for our customers. Our product is sold in multiple formats to meet each consumer need. Bulk for customers who want larger apples and bags for consumers who want smaller apples.

In 2021, we introduced a truly innovative biodegradable bag. Using Midori-Bio’s Eco-One®, allows our bags to biodegrade in landfill or oceans. The only biodegradation by-product is simply dirt, carbon dioxide and renewable gases, without the traditional drawbacks of industrial biodegradation facilities, toxic gases or use of food sources materials. Our bag will biodegrades at a pace of 5-15% in the first 30 days by simply putting it in your weekly trash.

Our bag now uses a new plastic innovation called HiC, which is the most used plastic in recycling plants.

This means that you have a real choice; recycle if you choose or know that the bag will biodegrade in landfills to its natural molecular elements