Frank P Matthews
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Cider apple trees are grown for the qualities of their juicing. The fruits are rich in tannins which adds bitterness and sugars which encourages fermentation. The cider apple varieties that we grow are divided into four groups for their characteristics of their juice with a mixture of sweet, sharp, bittersweet and bittersharp.
Most cider apple trees are late to crop and are ready from mid October onwards. Stores well in a cool atmosphere. We supply cider apples on a range of rootstocks from medium vigour to very vigorous.
Pruning can take place any time of the year. Structural pruning should be done in the winter, and light pruning and shaping in the summer to encourage more flower and fruit for the following year.
The most reliable cider variety. Has a bittersweet juice that produces a high-quality, medium-dry cider on it’s own.
Dark red fruit produces a full bitter-sweet taste with a soft astringency. A regular, reliable cropper.
Late bittersweet cider apple. A sport of Dabinett but slightly more vigorous, picking later with a dark purple flesh.
Upright habit. Vigorous. Medium sized, dark red fruit. Produces a fruity, bittersharp cider.
Mild bittersharp cider apple. Produces regular crops of large yellow fruit with a pink flush. A compact tree.
Mild bittersharp cider apple. Round red and yellow fruits. Produces a sweet, acidic juice with a distinct blend of tannins.
Bittersweet cider apple. Red and yellow striped and spotted fruits producing an astingent, sweet and slightly acidic juice.
A distinctive cider of excellent single variety quality. Small yellow-green fruit flushed dark red, almost black.
Yellow with red stripes producing sweet astringent Juice. Full bittersweet, vintage cider.
Bittersweet cider apple. Reliable and heavy cropping. Upright tree habit. Fruit is small greenish/yellow and waxy.
Vintage, bitter-sharp cider apple. Dark red skin and creamy flesh. Disease resistant, vigorous grower.
bittersweet cider apple. Excellent small tree. Fruits produce a sweet, slightly astringent, but rather thin juice.