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Kingston Black cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Kingston Black

Kingston Black is one of the definitive English cider apple varieties and produces a high quality bittersharp juice.

It is one of the few cider varieties where the juice is sufficiently balanced to make a single-varietal cider.

Note that Kingston Black cannot be eaten fresh - it is grown solely for juice / cider use.

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History

Takes its name from the the town of Kingston near Taunton in Somerset, the main cider-growing area of the UK. Thought to have arisen in the 19th century.

Kingston Black characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

  • Picking monthNovember
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesHard cider
  • Juice styleBittersharp (cider)

Problems

  • Disease resistancePoor
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • CankerSome susceptibility

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colourCrimson
    • Fruit sizeAverage