Kingston Black is one of the definitive English hard cider apple varieties and produces a very high quality bittersharp juice.
It is one of the few English varieties that can be used without blending, to make a single-varietal cider.
Note that Kingston Black cannot be eaten fresh - it is grown solely for hard cider production.
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Kingston Black takes time to start bearing, although this is less of an issue on dwarf rootstocks, however the best quality fruit tends to come from older trees. Production is variable - it can be a heavy cropper in some areas but only average in others. It is a bit susceptible to scab, although this is not likely to be a concern for the backyard grower.
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Kingston Black takes its name from the the town of Kingston near Taunton in Somerset, the main cider-growing area of the UK. It is thought to have arisen in the 19th century.