I was most interested to see in this newsletter that you are initiating
effort to develop genuine cider apples. As far as I know, this would be
the first program in modern era in North America to explicitely search
for cider apples. There has been one in France and one in England, but
none on this continent.
Most interesting is that you will be searching for them within seedlings
that have NOT been selected for table apples. In effect, a seedling that
has been selected as a good dessert apple stands very little chances of
being excellent for cider making purposes because the selection criteria
are fundamentally different when we talk cider... For example:
* Everything related to visual aspect is of prime importance for a
table apple, but not at all for a cider apple.
* For the flavor, we are looking for entirely different profiles. For
a table apple, we want freshness (medium to high acidity) medium
sugar (we don't want a cloying sweet apple) and no bitterness - a
slight astringency would be acceptable however. For a cider apple,
tannins in general and bitterness will be welcome, and we would be
seeking lower acidity and higher sugar. Actually a "bland" and a
cloying sweet apple could make a good cider apples...
* On flesh texture, we want the dessert apple to be firm and crisp.
For the cider apple, we rather want an apple which will release its
Most of the selection criteria for tree would however be similar,
relating to productivity, resistance, etc.
I any case, sure you have much better chances to find a great cider
apple from the rejects of the dessert apple program!
I wish you best success - we badly need it!
Author, /*The New Cider Maker's Handbook
Le 2016.12.15 00:19, David Doud a écrit :
Volume 2 of the ‘Ortet’ has been published and is available at the
Midwest Apple Improvement Association website -
Here is a direct link to it -
If anyone has any questions, I’ll be happy to answer or find the answer.
Last years edition is currently unavailable online as we had to change
a couple of phrases to help with international trademark protection
efforts - it will be back on the site next month.
David Doud - grower, Indiana
this past season’s crop was not the finest for which I’ve been
responsible, but there is a home for every piece of fruit -
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