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Oct 7, 2012 01:14 PM

Bramley/ cooking apples

I am a UK ex-pat, living in NJ. I have never seen bramley/cooking apples and I would like to make a traditional UK apple crumble. Any good subs for a cooking apple in this country??

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  1. I like Granny Smiths for many cooked things, a tart/sweet firm apple.

    1. Jonathans all the way!

      1. I don't think Americans categorise apples into "eaters" and "cookers" as we do in the UK. What marissaj is looking for is a very tart apple that cooks down to a puree.

        (I don't think Bramley Seedling is grown commercially outside the UK and Ireland)

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        1. re: Harters

          We do differentiate, actually, although we rarely agree on it!

          Here is a randomly searched chart:

        2. I am also a UK ex-pat and have discovered MUTSU apples - usually available at the farmer's market. They do not break down as well as Bramleys but are the best I have found here after years of searching. Hope this helps.

          1. This is the be-all and end-all list I've ever seen for varieties of apples.


            I truly wish they had this all in ONE scrollable page, but they split it out (look in upper left-hand corner for "next page" link).

            Keep in mind that not all apples will be available in your area. If you want to see a picture of the type of apple, look in the upper right-hand corner of the link for the apples alpha-sorted on various pages and their uses. There you can also see harvest time, when they can be used, the qualities (i.e., tangy, robust, juicy, firm), and their best use (baking, fresh eating, all-purpose, cooking).

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              Very interesting list! Thanks for sharing!