BRAMLEY SEEDLING (1809 HEIRLOOM)
Bramley Seedling Apple Tree– is our most asked for variety at local markets. Folk who come from the United Kingdom tell tales of fabulous cider, apple pies, sauce and juice made from this magic apple. Your tree is either dormant or in leaf as we post year round. $24 is the cost per tree you need to add postage which is charged at a flat rate of $16 per tree. Trees are maidens (1 year old) growing in 90mm tube stock pots, instructions on looking after your tree are provided so you can continue to love and smooch your tree for years to come. Your tree is from 80cm-1m in length.
History of Bramley Seedling
It’s existence is all thanks to a little girl by the name of Mary Ann Brailsford who decided to plant an apple seed in her garden in Southwell Nottinghamshire in 1809. Remarkably the original tree is still alive today, even though at the turn of the 19th century a violent storm blew down the tree, refusing to give up - it clung on to life and still survives today. So the Bramley Seedling trees you see today are a graft from a graft of that original tree!
Taste - Good keeper
The Bramley apple is a very acidic apple balanced by a good sugar content, hence why it is a great cooking apple. It stores well and retains its sweet yet tangy flavour and is high in Vitamin C. It cooks to a light fluffy puree.
Bramley apple trees are easy to grow and have adapted well to Australian conditions. They are Triploid so they need two other pollinators close by. Apple varieties such as Golden Delicious and Cox Orange Pippin would be good neighbours for a Bramley Seedling. Tree growth tends to be large and vigorous, fruit is large (165gms) and the variety is generally more resistant to natural diseases than other apple varieties. You can expect to start harvesting your fruit near the end of April-May in Tasmania once the tree is 3 years old. It is recommended to pull off the fruit prior to the tree being of this age, so the tree can grow nice and strong.
Extract from vintage Huon Valley Apple Festival-Recipe Book.
Peel and core 6 large tart cooking apples (Bramley Seedlings). Cut up in small cubes, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 cup sugar.
Boil all together with as little water when cooked. Strain some of the liquid off (but don’t throw it away, use it for other flavourings).
Then beat up well until nice and smooth. Use this apple sauce in all recipes that call for apple sauce; especially nice used on roast pork