16 Thirst-Quenching Facts about Apple Cider
When the sun is shining there’s certainly no greater pleasure in life than lying back, catching the sun, and reaching for a cold glass of apple cider. But the fun doesn’t stop there — this is a drink with such a rich heritage that you’re going to love learning all the facts about apple cider!
1. There’s a specific type of cider made out west.
Scrumpy is a cloudy, unfiltered cider mostly made in the West Country.
2. Cider thirst is growing!
More than three million new cider apple trees have been planted in the last 25 years.
3. Its name has dubious origins, however.
The name comes from local slang for a gone off apple.
4. Would you bathe in cider?
In the 14th Century children were frequently baptized in cider because it was much cleaner than water.
5. Cider is a Biblical drink.
The 15th Century Wycliffe bible is known affectionately as the “Cider Bible” because of its mentions of the drink.
6. Farmers used to accept cider as payment.
Farm workers used to be paid with up to 4 pints of cider a day.
7. Cider was a medicinal choice at sea.
Captain Cook used cider to treat the vitamin deficiencies that cause scurvy on long voyages.
8. There are hundreds of different apple varieties good for making cider.
At its peak there were 365 different varieties of cider apple — one for each day of the year!
9. Cider cures don’t stop coming.
Cider used to be sold as a cure for gout.
10. Cider pressing is centuries old.
Jocelin Bishop of Bath was listed as the country’s first cider presser way back in 1230.
11. Cider is still a runner-up in booze consumption stakes.
Whilst it’s gaining in popularity, 4 times as many adults regularly drink wine and beer.
12. We’re definitely a cider nation.
The UK produces at least 130 million gallons of cider every single year.
13. Could cider help your stomach?
17th Century writer John Evelyn promoted cider as a way of strengthening the stomach and promoting healthy digestion.
14. It’s pesticide-free.
Organic cider is gaining in popularity due to the lack of pesticides used in the orchards.
15. Stealing cider apples is a very specific crime.
“Scrumping” refers to the practice of climbing the walls of orchards and stealing an apple.
16. Britain makes cider from a LOT of apples.
The UK uses 45% of all apples it grows to make cider