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Apple (Malus) Bloody Ploughman
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Bloody Ploughman


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.

Pollination Partners: Apple Adam's Pearmain Apple Bardsey Apple Cornish Aromatic Apple Egremont Russet Apple Golden Pippin Apple Lord Lambourne Apple Red Windsor Apple St Edmund's Russet

General attributes

Comparatively trouble free Comparatively trouble free
Suitable for planting in any UK district Suitable for planting in any UK district

Uses for this variety

Suitable for cooking Cooking
Good Eater Eating

Fruit attributes

Flowering group 2 Flowering group 2
Disease resistance Disease resistance
Picking month Mid September Picking month Mid September
Stores until November Stores until November