British apple pie fans and Bramley apple growers have cause for celebration as the European Commission has approved ‘Traditional Bramley apple pie filling’ being granted Protected Geographical Status by joining the register of Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSGs) – a list which includes ‘Traditionally farmed Gloucestershire Old Spots pork’.
‘Traditional Bramley apple pie filling’ is defined as a blend of fresh Bramley apple pieces, sugar and water, with the option of Bramley apple purée, cornflour and lemon juice. The Bramley is the definitive British cooking apple, its tangy taste and superior texture mean it is unrivalled when cooked, so it is no wonder that it has finally been recognised by the EU, after being heralded for many years by chefs, home cooks and the dessert loving British public.
Under European Union law a number of UK food and drink products have been granted Protected Geographical Status. The law seeks to protect the reputation of regional products, promote traditional and agricultural activity and ensure inferior products cannot be promoted unfairly.
Chief Executive of English Apples & Pears and Chairman of the Bramley Campaign, Adrian Barlow, said: “We are delighted that Bramley apples have been recognised by the EU and that they, like us, realise that the heritage of such an iconic British ingredient is worth celebrating and the traditional Bramley apple pie filling worth protecting. Bramley apple pies are part of British cooking heritage and have been enjoyed for generations, this rubber stamp serves to make sure that apple pie standards will remain high and pudding lovers’ enjoyment maximised.”
He adds: “We have greatly appreciated the support and assistance of Defra in obtaining this designation.”