Southwell Bramley Apple (Malus domestica)

The Bramley apple is the most important cooking apple in England and Wales and is almost exclusively grown in Britain. It had a humble beginning in a garden in Southwell in Nottinghamshire. A girl called Mary Ann Brailsford planted the seeds, but it was a Mr Bramley who later owned the house that sold the apples using his name. On 31 October 1862, the first recorded sale of a Bramley was noted in Merryweather’s (A local nurseryman) accounts. He sold “three Bramley apples for 2/- to Mr Geo Cooper of Upton Hall”. The original tree still survives to this day and bears fruit. A plaque on the house in Southwell commemorates the apple. And in 2009 a window depicting the 200th anniversary of the tree was installed in Southwell minister.

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For a simple but delicious Apple crumble: Peel, core and chop up a few bramleys. Place in a pan with some water and a couple of tbsps of brown sugar and cook on a low heat until softened. Meanwhile in a bowl rub together 8oz flour, 4oz butter and 2oz brown sugar. Place your apple mix in ramekins topped with the crumble mix then pop in the oven at 180 c for about 20 mins until browned. Serve with custard, cream or both!

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