Ashton Bitter Cider Apple


Ashton Bitter Cider Apple

Early Fall. Full bittersweet cider apple. Dabinett x Stoke Red. GT Spinks intro, Long Ashton, England, 1947.

Astringent cider apple with strong tannin, high sugar (SG 1.060) and low acidity. Medium-sized round opaque orange-yellow fruit, blushed and striped with red. Very juicy. Ripens in early fall, but we’ve pressed them in late October with good results. Best blended with sharps and other bittersweet varieties. Has shown to be well adapted to central Maine.

Resurrected from the defunct Long Ashton Research Station, the British center for the study of cider from 1903 until 2003. It was a sad day when the station was shut down by Margaret Thatcher and a bunch of tee-totaling MPs who failed to notice that a cider renaissance was underway.

Scab free. Blooms midseason. Z4. Maine Grown. (Semi-dwarf: 2½-5' bare-root trees)

230 Ashton Bitter
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230C: on M111 semi-dwarfing stock, 1 for $30.25
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