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Bramley's Seedling Cooking Apple

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Bramley's Seedling
Cooking Apple

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 Matthew Bramley.

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.

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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.


Taste Sharp and juicy. Ideal for cooking.

Skin Texture Medium thick

Flesh White, goes to a puree on cooking.

Apple size Large


Flower period Middle season

Pollination Group 3 (triploid)

Vigour A strong growing tree

Crop Yield High

Eating time October to early March

Tree Shape Upright then spreads

Name: Geoff Stebbens
E-mail: Private
Date posted: August 15, 2010 - 07:20 am
Message: Herllo,
Is it essential to have a polinator for Bramleys or will there be some success without one/two?
What soil preparation is ideal before planting out?
Many Thanks
Geoff Stebbens