Sunday, 12 May 2013

Bramley Apple - Blossom Walk

The Orchard Year continues the virtual blossom tour with a walk down the row of Bramley apple trees

During the 1940's there were over 6 million Bramley trees producing fruit in the UK, sadly those days have now gone but the Bramley apple is still prized as a cooking apple and for juice.

The Bramley has an interesting history, it was actually grown from an apple seed planted in 1809 by Mary Ann Brailwood, in the garden of her parents house in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. Some 40 odd years later Matthew Bramley bought the house in Southwell and in 1856 gave permission to Henry Merryweather to take cutting from the apple tree in his garden on condition that the apples be named after him.

 The first recorded sale of the Bramley apple is found in Henry Merryweather's accounts, on 31st October 1862 3 apples were sold to a Mr George Cooper of Upton Hall.

 Bramley apples are tart tasting they have a high level of acidity and cook to the lightest and fluffiest of purees, perfect for apple sauce, pies and cakes.

The original Bramley aaple tree is still surviving and producing fruit.

Follow The Orchard Year 's virtual Blossom Walk, as well as the Bramley apple featured in this post we've already looked at the following apple trees in blossom

Worcester Pearmain

Idared Apple Blossom

Discovery Apple Blossom

 Gala Apple Blossom 

 and there are more to come.

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