Description: Bloody Ploughman is an old variety from Carse of Gowrie. The fruit is blood red in appearance with knobbly skin and stained pink flesh when it's fully ripe. Perhaps one of the most intensly coloured apples in cultivation. Juicy, light and sweet in flavour with a crisp texture. Beautiful light pink blossom in the spring and green leaves. A hardy tree that performs very well in colder areas of the UK and is disease resistant. Classified as an eater, but likely to do better as a cooker!
History: The story goes that this apple arose from a pip on the grave of a ploughman shot by the gamekeeper of Megginch Estate, after he was caught in the act of stealing apples. His wife got the bag of apples, but she threw them into the rubbish heap and one of the seedlings that appeared was rescued by another workman and subsequently named. It was first recorded in 1883.