appleIdentification of Cider Applesapple

Identification of any apples can be difficult. Identification of cider apples is a really specialist job and very few people have the experience to do it.  A very good source of information can be found on the Marcher Apple Network Vintage Fruit CD. This contains reproductions of a number of hard-to-obtain Pomonas and other guides and is invaluable.  Liz Copas's Cider Apples - The New Pomona is another source.

But one thing not generally available is a 'dichotomous key' for cider apple ID. Such a key was published by Ray Williams and Robin Child in the Long Ashton Research Station Annual Report
© for 1965. Since this is so difficult to come by, I've scanned a copy as a PDF and you can find it here as a 4 MB download. Apart from the simple key, it provides detailed descriptions of many cider fruits too.

The Long Ashton Cider Apple Key© (4 MB PDF Download)

The late Matthew Veasey at Nook's Yard Cider (who was known as "Cheshire Matt" on the Cider Workshop Google Group) produced a much neater interactive version based on the Long Ashton key. You can find it here:

 Interactive ID of Cider Apples based on the Long Ashton Key


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