The Bramley Apple tree rightly has a
unique place in the history of UK apple tree cultivation. It produces the best
cooking apple of all and the British cannot understand why the Bramley apple is not
more frequently cultivated abroad.
In 1809 (the bicentenary of the Bramley
occurs in 2009) Mary Ann Brailsford planted some pips in her garden in Church
Street, Southwell, Nottingham. Where she sourced the pips from is a mystery. In 1846
she sold the house, with the apple trees still growing strongly, to a butcher named
In 1856 the apple tree came to the
attention of a local entrepreneur and nurseryman, Mr Henry Merryweather. Matthew
Bramley agreed to let Henry Merryweather cultivate and sell the apple trees on the
condition that that they were named after him. The Bramley apple tree was about to
explode into the British apple tree market.
In 1900 a severe storm blew down the
original Bramley apple tree in Church Street. With careful attention however it was
restored to health and still bears apples to this day.
If you want to buy Bramley's Seedling
(Bramley) from our
recommended suppliers, then
The fruit has a smooth green skin with
some red, and the apples are larger than normal. The taste is decidedly acidic
making them ideal for cooking. Possibly their only failing is that they do not
retain their shape when cooked as well as some other varieties. However, for some
this is not a failing because the cooked fruit has a very agreeable smooth texture.
The apple trees are
triploid and partially self-fertile. The fruit will keep well into the spring.
If you visit Southwell, Nottingham in
October, watch out for the annual Bramley Apple festival. It celebrates everything
to do with this most famous of cooking apples.
||Sharp and juicy. Ideal for cooking.
||White, goes to a puree on cooking.
||A strong growing tree
||October to early March