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Brambly apples.

Post by simmo on Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:37 pm

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We have just got our second crop off our brambly apple tree we planted eight years ago, Baked apples and apple pie's are the order of the day. You can not get any apple in France that comes close to the old Brambly apple for these two deserts.
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Re: Brambly apples.

Post by Inkflo on Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:15 pm

Sorry Simmo, but I beg to differ.
We buy our cooking apples from the local pommerie, and we've had much better results with two of the varieties.
Sadly, I can't remember the name of them!
I think one may have been Rein du Canada blanc but as to the other?? Neutral 


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Re: Brambly apples.

Post by peirol on Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:59 pm

I'm with you Simmo on that. How I miss the Bramleys for pies and apple sauce; nothing we have found here, even at the PYOs, comes close. They're just not acidic enough to give that sharp but sweet flavour. I have been known to stagger back from visits to the UK with a couple of kilos in my luggage!

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Post by Inkflo on Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:19 pm

The French use cider apples for acid, such as La Blanchet or L'Armagnac.

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Re: Brambly apples.

Post by Amber on Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:34 pm

Unfortunately we had a young Bramley apple tree that was doing well, it had quite a lot of blossom in the spring, but then suddenly died; I'm presuming something ate the roots.

I've never seen La Blanchet or L'Armagnac apples around here, Inkflo - where do you find them?

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Re: Brambly apples.

Post by simmo on Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:40 am

Hi folks
Bramley apple trees,We had two brought over from blighty and after giving one to our friends we planted ours. Both doing well
and taste great!.
Now Golden D's, are only fit for the local wild boar. (Thats a story) drunken wild boars staggering round the apple orchards smashed out of there brains after eating all the fallen/rotten fermenting apples. What a sight that is, just like Glasgow on a saturday night the boars fighting each other and so drunk they sometimes mistake a tree for another wild boar and attack the trees to prevent them stealing there apples.Now thats what i call wild life action.
more cider vicar.
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Post by Inkflo on Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:14 pm

Amber wrote:Unfortunately we had a young Bramley apple tree that was doing well, it had quite a lot of blossom in the spring, but then suddenly died; I'm presuming something ate the roots.

I've never seen La Blanchet or L'Armagnac apples around here, Inkflo - where do you find them?
I think they're available further north, but I haven't asked here, as I use the local pommerie.
I'll try & get the names of the ones I use, because they cook perfectly and I add just a little sugar. They make brilliant apple pie and they taste wonderful.

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Post by Amber on Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:31 pm

Canada Gris was recommended to me years ago by a lady with an apple stall at Brive market. I've found they are a fairly reasonable substitute for Bramleys, although not as tart, but as I like my cooked apples sweet it saves on using so much sugar! Unfortunately they are not usually very large so stuffed baked apples are not often possible.

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Re: Brambly apples.

Post by Inkflo on Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:31 pm

Amber wrote:Canada Gris was recommended to me years ago by a lady with an apple stall at Brive market. I've found they are a fairly reasonable substitute for Bramleys, although not as tart, but as I like my cooked apples sweet it saves on using so much sugar! Unfortunately they are not usually very large so stuffed baked apples are not often possible.
No, I agree, if you want a baked apple, you do need a great big Bramley!
We have a small orchard, and I harvested enough apples this year, to freeze for the winter. However, the Bramley tree that's been in our garden for the past three years, has never had so much as a pip on it. Crying or Very sad 

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