Picking Apples For Juicing: Why Timing Is Important

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This year has been an exciting one for Orchard Origins, launching as a Community Interest Company and getting ready for our first season of juicing and cidermaking in our purpose-made workshop, hereafter known as the Shed.  Last year’s harvest was a challenge for us as we got the Shed up and running; this year we are clean, clear and ready for action – we’ve even washed the crates in anticipation.  Cider apples are going to be a little while as their high sugar levels take a long time to develop, but why haven’t we started picking for juice yet? Continue reading

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How Herefordshire Helped Save the British Cider Industry

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There has been a strong tradition of cider-making throughout Herefordshire for over three-hundred-and-fifty years. The county still accounts for over half the cider produced in the UK.  The earliest written  mention of cider can be found in Hereford Cathedral’s famous Chained library in the Wycliffe Bible.  Today’s cider and perry industry owes much to Herefordshire and in particular a few influential and passionate men who played a crucial role in its development. Continue reading