Last British Bramley apple grower and processor boosts awareness campaign

Fourayes, the sole remaining English-owned Bramley apple grower and processor, is helping the nation celebrate Bramley Apple Week 2011 - which taking place next week from 6-12 February - by promoting the apple's top ten interesting facts.

As reported in Grower last November, the search for a new "Bramley classic" dish is the main theme of this year's Bramley apple campaign. Now the Kent-based company is also helping the cause by promoting some of the fruit's quirky tales.

Fourayes managing director Phil Acock said: "The Bramley apple is often known as the "King of Cooking Apples" due to its fluffy texture and superior taste, as well as its versatility for cooking and health benefits."

To find out more about and for a selection of facts and recipes, see www.bramleyapples.co.uk.

TEN FACTS ABOUT BRAMLEY APPLES

1. In 2010 in Britain 388 million Bramley apples were grown.

2. In 2010 in Britain we consumed just under 25,000 tonnes of fresh Bramley apples.

3. Bramley apple sales reach their peak in February.

4. Bramleys are available year-round and new season apples are picked in August/September.

5. Today, British Bramleys are a £50m industry.

6. The old nickname for the Bramley was "The King of Covent Garden" - a name still used in the New Covent Garden Market.

7. The first Bramley tree grew from pips planted by a young girl, Mary Ann Brailsford, in her Nottinghamshire garden in 1809.

8. The original Bramley apple tree continues to bear fruit.

9. Bramley apples are unique because they contain a higher acid content and lower sugar levels to produce a stronger, tangier tasting apple.

10. Bramley apples are a powerful source of antioxidants, fibre and potassium.


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