Patricia Herron, Lurgan Co Armagh
- Mar '07
When I was a little girl, Hallow'een was the time we
looked forward to our Bramley apples. I lived in Moy
County Tyrone, so we did not have to go far to get our
We would use an apple corer to remove the core and pips
from the apple, then spoon sweet mince into the centre.
We made a criss cross cut in the apple around the central
core and then the apples were baked in the oven.
We added cream from the top of the milk - or even better,
ice cream to finish off the dish...bliss, oh happy days!
Rosie Thompson - Jan '07
My family and I grew up with the taste of kemp apples
and we all would like to know what ever happened to
them we would be very grateful if you would let us
Helen Perkins - November '05
As a native of nr ireland i really enjoyed reading and
listening to the website. I live outside Boston and
wonder if i can get bramley apple trees or where i can
buy them and would they be hardy enough to live through
a new england winter?
Robert Simpson - October '05
Can any one tell me of the variety - "blood of
the boyne" ?
Malcolm Dawson - April 05
Bramley's Seedling genetically speaking is a triploid
variety meaning that it has three times the basic number
of chromosomes rather than the more normal double. This
means that when the cells divide to produce the pollen
grains there is not an even division resulting in pollen
with a very low viability. Hence the need to provide
pollen from another source. Traditionally this was provided
by the variety Grenadier. However any Malus variety,
even the ornamental varieties, which has a
flowering period coinciding with Bramley's Seedling
will provide the required pollen. In practice in Northern
Ireland we graft a suitable pollinator into the Bramley's
Seedling eg Golden Delicious or interplant with the
ornamental Malus 'Golden Hornet' I hope this is the
information you require.
Regards, Malcolm Dawson
Norman Roberts - Chesterfield Derbyshire
- March 05
I was very interested in the information about the Bramley
Seedling apple. I have one and have been told that having
a pollinator nearby considerably increases the yield.
Can anyone let me know which variety would act as a
Abbot +David of Hava (Culdee) - October
Blessings to you for preserving the apple.
I have reason to believe the apple was taken to Iceland
with the Culdee in as early as the 4th century. If Iceland
is Avalon (some scholars suggest this), it was the blessed
land of the apples. What wild varieties might still
be in Armagh? Perhaps the original trees that went to
Iceland were a wild crabapple variety? Any known history
How do sheep and apple trees mix?
Rachel - August 2004
Does anyone have a recipe for Potato apple bread?!!!
I n an old orchard we used to have a variety called
was this its proper name and where would you get a tree.
they were frost and scab resistant.