Frequin Rouge is a traditional and important French cider variety. It produces a strong bittersharp juice.
It originates from the extreme west of France, in the region of Bretagne, but is used in all the French cider-growing areas. It is a required variety for several "appellations", including Cornouaille in Bretagne and Pays d'Auge in Normandie.
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Frequin Rouge is quite easy to grow. It is regarded as susceptible to fireblight, canker and scab in French orchards, but the mild temperate climate of north-western France is quite different to the continental climate of much of the USA.
In traditional French orchards production on mature trees will be in the range 30-35 tonnes per hectare, which is above the average for French cider varieties.
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