Herefordshire Redstreak, traditionally known simply as Redstreak, is an old English cider apple variety which produces a bittersweet juice.
Cider produced from this variety often has a red tint and is capable of achieving a high alcohol content.
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Herefordshire Redstreak is in flowering group 5. Herefordshire Redstreak is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Like all cider-apple varieties it can also be pollinated by most other apple varieties or crab-apples flowering at the same time.
Herefordshire Redstreak was raised from a pip by Lord Scudamore, who owned an estate in Herefordshire in the 17th century. It is possible that he obtained pips from France, since he was Charles I's ambassador from about 1634. Although Lord Scudamore lost his estate during the English Civil War, the variety continued to be known locally as Scudamore's Crab.
Redstreak quickly became a very successful and popular cider variety, on account of its attractive red juice, and high alcohol content.
For about 100 years Redstreak was the pre-eminent English cider variety, but production declined rapidly towards the end of the 18th century, as cider became unfashionable. However Herefordshire Redstreak remains popular amongst modern cider enthusiasts, both for its excellent juice qualities and for its historical interest.
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