Bramley Apples are widely considered to be the
cook's choice for cooking apples and have become one of
the most popular cooking apples used in the UK,
available to buy all year. They have a tart flavour
which is generally not suitable to eat raw plus the
added bonus of an excellent texture when cooked.
The Bramley apple hails from
Nottinghamshire UK. A young girl called Mary Ann Brailsford
who lived in Southwell, Nottinghamshire is
believed to have sown some apple pips in her garden between 1809 and 1813
one of which which grew into the first Bramley apple
tree. Unfortunately, it isn't known from where she
got the original pips, however the nature of sowing seed
from fruit is that they often don't mirror the original
plant so it is safe to say that the original fruit from
where she took the pip bore little resemblance to
By 1837 the tree was bearing its
first fruit and in 1846 Matthew Bramley, a local
butcher, bought the cottage complete with garden
and tree. It was whilst he was there that a local
nurseryman called Henry Merryweather recognised the
commercial potential of the fruit and asked if he could
take cuttings from the tree which would reproduce true
to type specimens. Mr Bramley agreed, with the proviso
that the apples should be named after him.
Apparently, the original tree is
still bearing fruit today.
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Below are a few sweet and savoury
recipes using cooking apples.
To find more use the
and type in "cooking apples".