As well as high rainfall and low light levels through late spring and summer, growers in the province had to contend with late frosts and even hailstones in April. Conditions have even killed trees, some up to 70 years old.
Armagh Bramley apples' denser texture allows them to be stored longer. They were awarded EU Protected Geographical Indication status in March. The industry employs around 1,500 people and is thought to be worth £50m a year to the local economy.