Posted 3rd Feb 2015
Maynard House Orchards Apple Juices have been growing apples for 80 years and to celebrate Bramley Apple Week (2nd to 8th February 2015), we find out how the Bramley apple has inspired their range of delightful drinks
Bramley apples set themselves apart from other apples due to their freshness and dryness that other sweeter types cannot match. Its distinct taste, one that has been around for 200 years, lends itself not only to the demands for a crisp apple juice to drink, but also as a cooking apple used by chefs around the country for its full-bodied flavour.
Harnessing this desirable and quintessentially English apple, Maynard House Orchards Apple Juices is at the forefront with their Bramley apple juice, with the most popular blend, Cox and Bramley, giving a delightful medium-dry juice that is both refreshing and smooth. The popular producers have been growing apples since 1934, when Frederick E Williamson used his 30 acres of land in Langham, Essex to create tasty apples that were synonymous with quality. The 'W' logo became well-known and by the 1980s Williamson Fruit Farms stretched as far as Bury St Edmunds.
In 1992, the family began Maynard House Orchards Apple Juices in Suffolk, moving away from producing two per cent of the UK's apples as they had been doing and growing apples on a smaller scale. They turned their focus instead to ensuring they produced a quality apple juice, firstly for a local market, however after growing in popularity over the years they expanded, now storing up to 300 tonnes of apples at any one time.
Using the Suffolk soil, which is perfect for producing soft fruit such as blackberries and strawberries, as well as elderflower and their coveted apples, Maynard's produces delicious juices such as Apple and Raspberry, Apple and Elderflower, Russet, as well as Cox and Bramley.
More than just your average juice, Maynard's has taken the Bramley apple and run with it, creating a must-have for chefs around the country who have found the Bramley apple juice to be the perfect addition to theird ishes. It's pure flavour with no additional water or sugar means its invigorating taste brings sauces and sorbets to life, and cuts through meat and poultry with ease.
With Bramley's richness and complexity, Maynard's juices are multi-award winning. Having won the Great Taste Gold Award, where a panel of judges blind tasted their products, the Willamson's always set their sights on producing a quality juice from only a ripened apple, however they are truly proud of the awards they receive for growing their fruit. Etched into their heritage, their ability to grow mouth-watering fruit before handpicking and pressing it has come from the experience of generations of farmers, with Paul Williamson growing the apples and younger brother, Clive, turning them into the award-winning juices.
Bottled on site, these full-flavoured juices are filled with the crisp, palate-cleansing taste of Bramley apples, with juices going through a painstakingly careful pressing process that makes it a delicious drink you can't put down.
For more information on Maynard House Orchards visit their website, www.applejuice.uk.com.
By Lauren Morton
Images courtesy of Maynard House Orchards Apple Juices