Identification of Cider
Apples in the UK
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)
For dessert apples, you may find the Fruit ID website useful although currently it includes no cider apples.
For a gold plated job, you can pay for DNA fingerprinting
at East Malling. All the dessert and cider varieties in the Brogdale
collection are in their database, so this is a very valuable modern
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Page last updated 27th August 2017