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Tom Putt

 

Tom Putt, photo courtesy of whatamieating.com/flickr.com

Tom Putt, photo courtesy of whatamieating.com/flickr.com

This is a dual-purpose variety, introduced in Somerset in about 1700. The apples are suitable for cooking and eating (if you like sharp apples), and they make a good-tasting cider without any blending. The tree grows strongly. It is a triploid variety and so required two pollinators.

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Hereford Redstreak

Hereford Redstreak, photo courtesy of Dave/flickr.com

Hereford Redstreak, photo courtesy of Dave/flickr.com

Hereford Redstreak is a very old variety, with its origins going back to the 1600s. In the 17th century it was considered as the finest cider variety in England. or even earlier, originating from Hereford. It produces medium-sized fruit, that ends up by making a pink cider, often with a relatively high alcohol content. It is a diploid variety, so not self-fertile: another apple variety is required as a pollinator.

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Kingston Black

Kingston Black

Kingston Black, photo courtesy of Poverty Hill and Farnum Lane/flickr.com

This valuable cider apple was introduced in 1880. It grows into a medium-sized spur-bearing tree, producting small, bitter-sharp fruit that keeps well. It is self-sterile, and so needs another apple variety planted close by for pollination.

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Dabinett

 

Dabinett, photo courtesy of Edmund French/flickr.com

Dabinett, photo courtesy of Edmund French/flickr.com

Dabinett, introduced in 1860 in Somerset (it was discovered by William Dabinett as a natural seedling in a hedge), grows into a small tree; it is a very fertile variety, and a regular cropper. It is diploid and self-fertile. It produces bitter-sweet fruit that is ready to harvest in late October-early November. Its quality is such that it is frequently used to make a mono-varietal cider.

Click here to go to the Tree Varieties page, where you can select this and other varieties in a provisional order