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. They also have a higher
acidity which lends for a stronger more "appley"
History of Bramley Apples
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.
2009 was the bicentenary of the Bramley apple, marking
200 years since the pip which grew into the first
Bramley apple tree was sown and apparently, the original tree is
still bearing fruit today.
As mentioned above,
Bramley apples are ideal for use in recipes because of
their heightened appley taste and good texture once
cooked. They work very well in most recipes including pies,
and most other desserts as well as chutneys and
are equally as good used in savoury dishes and sauces.
In general, prepare the fruit by peeling then cutting
into slices. Sprinkling with lemon juice prevents them
going brown. Remember the fruit is very sharp, so
care should be taken to add sufficient sweetener to
compensate in dessert dishes.
They can be used in any recipe
calling for "cooking apples".
Below are a few sweet and savoury
recipes using cooking apples. To find more use the
and type in "cooking apples".