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Bloody Ploughman

Apple – National Heritage

Bloody Ploughman


Apple – National Heritage


Mid September



Planting Position


A Scottish dessert apple probably originating in the Carse of Gowrie, Perthshire, and first recorded in 1883 when it was exhibited from The Grange of Erroll and Dr. Robertson of Fern Bank House, Erroll, Perthshire. It was supposedly named after a ploughman who was shot for stealing a bag of apples; his wife threw the bag on to the compost heap, and one grew into this tree.
A hardy tree bearing apples of deep red over most of the skin and with sweet, juicy pale fleshed fruit, heavily ribbed. Ripe in September, apples will last into November.

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