Growing Season

Cider apple blossom tends to be two to three weeks later than dessert apple blossom in April or May. There is a 10-14 day spray programme used by most growers during the growing season to nourish, protect and …

Varieties

DABINETT – probably dates from the early 1900’s. It was found by William Dabinett grown as a natural seedling in a hedge in South Petherton, Somerset. Classed as a bittersweet cider apple, Dabinett has a small, yellow-green fruit …

Harvest

Cider apple harvest starts in late September and can continue until mid November. Traditionally the apples were handpicked but the harvest is now undertaken by tractor mounted tree shakers. These machines move up and down the rows of …

Herefordshire

The UK is the largest producer of cider in the EU and Herefordshire/Worcestershire accounts for more than 70% of its production. Part of the reason for this is the climate and the soil conditions – a mild maritime …

Provenance

Cider apple growing has always been a big part of the Herefordshire/Worcestershire farming industry. Originally, cider apple trees were planted to protect the animals and the crops from the weather. Over the years the trees have been pruned …

History

Cider apples have been grown in the United Kingdom since the Roman times although it is widely accepted that the Normans were the first people who actively cultivated the apples and started producing a drink which …