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Here you will find some various facts about Cider

Entertain your friends when you next share a glass of the good stuff, or use the facts to convert newcomers over to enoying and appreciating the traditional real cider!

  • Cloudy, unfiltered ciders made in the West Country are often called “scrumpy”, from “scrump”, a local dialect term for a small or withered apple.
  • Over two million new cider apple trees have been planted since 1995 (to 2006).
  • In the 14th Century children were baptised in cider, it was cleaner than the water!
  • Farm workers’ wages in earlier times included four pints of cider a day.
  • Captain Cook carried cider on his ships to treat his crew for scurvy.
  • At one time, 365 different varieties of cider apples were grown.
  • In the 19th Century cider was advertised as a cure for the gout and other illnesses.
  • One of the earliest written references to Cider can be found in the Wycliffe ‘Cider’ Bible, printed in the early 15th Century. The Bible gets its name from the translation of the verse ‘For he (John the Baptist) shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink…’. The Cider Bible uses the word ‘cider’ (sidir) for strong drink and it can be viewed today in Hereford Cathedral’s Chained Library.
Vilberie - Bittersweet Cider Apples

Vilberie - Bittersweet Cider Apples

  • The first listing of cider presses as a source of income appears in 1230 in a Royal Charter granted to Jocelin Bishop of Bath.
  • Around 13% of UK adults drink cider at least once a month while 49% drink wine and 51% drink beer.
  • In 1664 John Evelyn wrote ‘Generally all strong and pleasant cider excites and cleanses the Stomach, strengthens Digestion, and infallibly frees the Kidneys and Bladder from breeding the Gravel Stone’.
  • Cider is equally enjoyed by men and women, but women drink half the volume of men.
  • Several commercial cider makers now make single varietal ciders using individual cider apple and other varieties. These include Kingston Black, Tremlett’s Bitter, Dabinett, Cox and Katy.
  • The volume of cider produced annually in the UK is in excess of 6 million hectolitres or 130 million UK gallons.
  • Organic ciders are becoming increasingly available in the UK. To be organic the apples must come from orchards in which no pesticides have been used. One major producer has launched a scheme to have as much as 1,000 acres of old traditional orchards registered as organic with the Soil Association.
  • 45% of all the apples grown in the UK are now used here for cider making. A reducing amount of apple juice concentrate from central European countries like Austria, Germany and Italy is required to make up the shortfall and to blend to produce certain styles of cider.
  • The value of UK cider sales doubled between 2004 and 2008.
  • Since 1995, orchards have planted over 2 million new apple trees.
  • 45 per cent of all UK apples are now used to make cider.
  • There are over 365 different varieties of cider apples.