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Are these Bramley?


By Ponty

Norfolk, United Kingdom Gb

When I first moved here, a friend told me that my “cooking apple” tree was a Bramley.
Being ignorant of apple varieties I accepted this and have referred to it as such ever since. Today, another friend suggested it was not Bramley but was not able to tell me what else it might be. Is there a fruit expert out there who can tell from these photos please. If it is not Bramley I don’t want to continue lying! :-)




I have had Bramleys both with red and without and they look like Bramleys to me. I'm no expert on these but I buy them quite regularly at Sainsburys - cos we love apple pie!

15 Oct, 2009


Bramleys are usually pretty green, rather than flushed red, but the acid test is, what happens when you cook them? If yoiu put them in a saucepan with a little water and bring to the boil and simmer, do they turn into a soft mush within ten minutes? If they do, that's Bramley, if they don't and you find you have to smash them about a bit to make apple sauce, they're cookers, but not Bramley.

15 Oct, 2009


Try sending them to the RHS. They need 3 good free from blemishes etc specimens. Although rules may of changed! Try thier website for contact details

15 Oct, 2009


I checked with Elaine last night, Bamboo and she tells me that the apples do, indeed, go to mush very quickly. This suits me because I prefer my crumble without lumps.
We're off to my daughter's in Devon next week, Nicky, so I'll take some samples and see if we can fit in another trip to Rosemoor. I'm taking some down for my daughter, anyway. I'm always trying to get rid of them. You can have some of mine next year, Mad. We don't live far from each other and it will save you a few bob at Sainsbury's!

16 Oct, 2009


Ooh yum yum that would be nice Ponty.

17 Oct, 2009


Spot on, Bamboo. The guy at RHS Rosemoor confirmed them to be Bramley.

26 Oct, 2009

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