Bloody Ploughman is an apple with a most sinister history. The story goes that a ploughman was caught stealing apples from Megginch Estate in Scotland and promptly shot by the gamekeeper. The bag of stolen apples was given to his wife as a contemptuous gesture and she threw them on the manure heap in despair. A single apple tree grew out of the manure heap and when this tree began to bear fruit it was noted that not only was the skin coloured a deep crimson red colour, but that the flesh of the apples were also tinged with red, and of course, legend has it, that the fruit was stained with the blood of the ploughman. A very important variety in relation to Scottish folklore.
Originated: UK 1883
Flowering Group: 4 (Pollinated by varieties from groups 3, 4 or 5)