When in season we have Armagh Bramley Apples usually from September to March.
Historical records show that apple growing was widespread in County Armagh as early as the 12th century and orchard planting increased throughout the following years. In the late 19th century the Bramley Seedling was introduced. This new variety was discovered by accident in England in 1876 and immediately won wide acclaim as the best culinary apple available.
Armagh Bramley apples are enjoyed because of their distinct acid flavour and will melt to a smooth texture when cooked which is exactly what is needed for apple sauce, crumbles and traditional apple tart. Interestingly our Armagh apples grow in an angular/quadrilateral shape and English Bramley’s grow almost round in shape.
Bramley apples are only grown in Britain and are recognised by chefs and cooks as the best cooking apple. They are a large, flattish apple, which is green with red speckles. The flesh is juicy and white, when boiled it turns into a frothy pulp which is what many consider it to making it the best cooking apple. Bramley’s can be versatile and used in a savoury stir fry or a traditional apple pie. To prepare peel and slice, squeeze over some lemon juice to prevent browning, if not being used immediately, then add sugar to taste. Can be stored for up to a week in a cool, dark and dry area.
A typical 100g portion contains 41 calories and 0.1g fat.