Five Food Finds about Cider
- The cider industry uses 45% of all apples grown in the UK.
- The UK cider industry grew nearly 200,000 tonnes of cider apples in 2010; Bulmers alone has 10,000 acres of cider apple orchards under its control.
- There are more than 300 varieties of cider apple grown in the UK – all with the sole purpose of making cider.
- Varieties include Foxwhelp, Brown Snout, Ball’s Bittersweet, Kingston Black, Merrylegs and Slack-ma-Girdle.
- Cider apples are different from dessert apples in that they contain tannin, which is also found in coffee and red wine. It gives the cider a full-bodied flavour and drying of the mouth (astringency).
Today’s Food History
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