Cider apple trees

In the USA hard cider has traditionally been made from mainstream apples that also have good juice qualities, such as Winesap, and / or with crab-apples such as Hewe's. However in Europe the tradition is to use apple varieties that are often unpalatable for eating fresh, but have juice with high levels of tannins. These varieties are becoming very popular amongst the new wave of American cider enthusiasts.

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    A traditional French bittersweet cider variety, with some resistance to fireblight.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4

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    A popular traditional French hard cider variety.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillSome needed
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Bramley is the essential English cooking and sharp cider apple, famous for its rich tangy acidity.

    • UsesCooking
    • UsesTraditional cooker
    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A traditional English bittersweet cider apple.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group6
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    Brown's Apple is a traditional English cider apple variety producing a sharp juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group5
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    A traditional English bittersweet cider apple.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillSome needed
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Chisel Jersey is a traditional English hard cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group6

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    A hard-cider apple variety from Spain.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Pollination group5
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    Dabinett is a traditional English cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillSuitable for beginners
    • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
    • Pollination group6

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    A traditional French bittersharp cider apple variety.

    • UsesHard cider
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    Ellis Bitter is a traditional and popular English cider apple, producing a bittersweet juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group5
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    Frequin Rouge is one of the most important of the traditional French hard-cider apple varieties.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    A bittersharp cider apple variety, found at the USDA repository at Geneva, but probably of English origin.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    Harrison is a traditional American cider apple, noted for its excellent juice quality.

    • UsesJuice
    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Harry Masters Jersey is a traditional English cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    Herefordshire Redstreak is an old English cider apple variety which produces a bittersharp juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group5
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    Kingston Black is one of the premier English cider varieties and produces a bittersharp juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillSome needed
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group5
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    A traditional English bittersweet hard-cider variety.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    Medaille d'Or is a traditional French cider variety, which produces a full bittersweet juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group6

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    A high-quality traditional French bittersweet cider apple.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group2
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    Michelin is a traditional French cider apple variety producing a bittersweet juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillSuitable for beginners
    • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
    • Pollination group4
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    A very old French bittersweet cider variety.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group2
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    An old French bittersweet cider variety.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group2

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    A traditional French bittersweet cider apple.

    • UsesTraditional cooker
    • Pollination group3
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    Porter's Perfection is a 19th century English cider variety producing a bittersharp juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    An English cider apple variety producing a very high-quality bittersweet juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group5
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    A traditional English bittersweet cider apple from the town of Stembridge in Somerset.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group2
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    A traditional English cider apple producing a bittersharp juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group6
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    A traditional English cider variety, producing a sweet juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
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    A traditional French bittersweet cider variety.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillSome needed
    • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
    • Pollination group6
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    Yarlington Mill is a traditional English cider apple variety producing a bittersweet juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group5