Bloody Ploughman apple


A variety of crisp, juicy eating apple which arose in Scotland and which is recorded from 1883. It is a deep, dark blood red and even the flesh has pink stains. Legend has it that a ploughman was scrumping apples on a Scottish estate, was caught and shot. The apples came into the possession of his widow, who threw them onto a compost heap, wanting nothing to do with them. A tree grew from one of the seedlings and the apple was renamed accordingly. It is a mid-season variety, harvested from mid-September in South-East England, is stored and is at its best between September and November.