From the founding of Jamestown to the time of Washington and Jefferson, every plantation owner made cider, drank cider, and bragged about his cider.
BRAMLEY'S SEEDLING originated in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England, from a seedling. Introduced in 1809, it is a large greenish-yellow apple with broad broken brown and red stripes. The firm flesh is of a yellow, white-tinged green and is juicy and acidulous. It contains 1% acid, which makes it useful as a culinary fruit. The vitamin C content is 16.0 mg/100 gm, one of the highest for a cooking apple. Leaves are dark green and very downy, and the hardy tree is spreading and a regular and heavy bearer. There are conflicting reports to its resistance or susceptibility to scab, but in Central Virginia, scab infection has not been a problem, nor has mildew. It is not particularly resistant to frost damage. A triploid that needs a pollinator, Golden Delicious and Spartan work well. There is some tendency to biennial bearing. It keeps well, becoming quite greasy in storage, and ripens in early October.
- Mid Fall - October
- Pollen Sterile