The apple is one of the most cultivated crops world wide and the health benefits of the humble apple are well known - remember the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away!". Moreover, apple juice is very healthy for the body and it tastes so very good. Apples strengthen teeth and have the ability to decrease the degree of infection of the teeth. Apple is also used in cosmetics; it can be made into masks that help cleanse the skin and restore its elasticity.
September is traditionally the time for the apple harvest across the British Isles and, this year particularly, we are seeing some great crops of Bramley apples (also known as Bramley's Seedling). We've got hold of some at Barannes and are going to be experimenting this month using Bramley Apple juice in some of our juice recipes - watch out on our social media accounts to see the results!
This week we are going to focus on the apple itself and its health benefits.
Bramley Apple Features
Bramley's Seedling is the definitive English cooking apple. However Bramley originally came from Northern Ireland. The Bramley fruits are rounded, but less uniform than other apples and have a flattened top. The fruits have a uniform green colour with a reddish hue on the side that faces the sun, the stalk is short and thick. The flesh is white, with a green tint, moist with a firm texture.
Apples are harvested by hand between early September and the end of October. Time of collection depends on the season, market, fruit maturity, age and type of tree. The colder climate than in other areas where apples are grown makes Bramley apples less uniform.
The fruit is quite firm, acidic and sharp to taste, which is why it is not often eaten raw in the same way as dessert apple varieties. The other reason why Bramley's are so good for cooking is because they reduce down to a smooth pulp which is ideal for pies, crumbles and sauces.
Bramley trees are prone to glut which is also great for making juice and turning it into delicious cider!
Amazing Health Benefits of Bramley Apple
Apples are full of soluble fibres that reduce intestinal problems, including diverticulitis, haemorrhoids and some types of cancer. Bramley apples are rich in fruit acids and vitamins. They contain more than 20 kinds of minerals like A, B, C, vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium and trace elements.
1) It is a powerful source of potassium, which supports healthy heart.
2) Helps control insulin levels, with blood sugar slowly releasing. Cleanses and detoxifies, removing heavy metals from the body.
3) Apple pectin helps to reduce cholesterol levels by reducing insulin secretion.
4) Significantly reduces the risk of respiratory diseases such as asthma.
5) Strengthens the heart, lubricates the lungs, increases body fluids and decreases mucus production.
6) Apple cider vinegar can prevent kidney stones.
7) Reduces the skin problems.
8) Improves the symptoms of constipation.
9) Its refreshing juice helps digestion, strengthens the intestinal mucosa and has beneficial effects on the liver.
10) Has an effect on intestinal flora and lowers blood pressure.
11) Protects the skin from infections and harmful bacteria. Can be used as a facial mask against acne, in addition hydrates the skin.
12) Bramley apple juice revitalises tissues (face, neck, breasts and even abdomen). Apply it on your face with a cotton pad and leave for 25 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
13) If you have acne, then you can wash your face with mallow tea and Bramley apple juice. It speeds healing pimples, is an emollient and, like apple juice helps in wound healing.
14) The pulp has antiseptic properties.
15) If you burn or you hurt yourself disinfect the wound by applying a little apple sauce. The pulp is astringent and contains substances that prevent the growth of bacteria on the skin. The effect is enhanced if on the end you’ll apply a cream with marigold or Arnica.
16) You can remove stress and fatigue traces if you apply nightly cold pieces of Bramley apple peel. It refreshes and softens skin around the eyes due to the antioxidants they contain.
17) These fruits decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, or heart attack and have an important role in balancing the lymphatic system.