The Denmark Heritage Pomona (15 Varieties)

We blend our 15 varieties of Cider Apples, balancing the tastes and textures of Sharp, Bitter-Sweet, and Sweet Cider Apples.

Some came from the department of Agriculture in Western Australia.

Others were imported from a specialist Apple Genome repository in Tasmania.

All varieties originate outside Australia.

Yarlington Mill. Heritage Cider Apple.

Yarlington Mill : BITTERSWEET

 

This variety was found growing as a “gribble” out of limestone wall at Yarlington Mill, Cadbury, Somerset, SW England. (Cadbury is thought by some to be the site of Camelot)

 

Originally planted for a rootstock, the apples were found to be good for cidermaking. The apple is lightly flavoured and crisp apple. The juice provides a little astringency with its sweetness. A spreading tree, that must be grown traditionally as it does not suit leader or pillar pruning.

Browns Apple. Heritage Cider Apple.

Browns Apple : SHARP

Bred at Hill's Nursery, Staverton in Devon sometime at the start of the 20th Century. 

 

Bred specifically for the Cider apple orchards of Devon and Somerset, this prized Sharp apple delivers the tannins and required body in bucketfuls. The apple is flat, and often has pink flesh. It doesn't like the damp weather too much and needs careful attention to deliver masses of beautiful bright red apples.

Dabinett. Heritage Cider Apple.

Dabinett : SHARP

Found as a Gribble at Middle Lambrook by William Dabinett. Propogated and distributed by Charles Porter from his nursery at East Lambrook. 

 

Bred specifically for the Cider apple orchards of Devon and Somerset, this Sharp to Bittersweet apple is high in tannins, delivering body to the Cider. Very susceptable to soil type and mineral deficiencies, this is a tough tree to grow In WA. We now have some great specimens, and the trees are regularly delivering great late season flavours.

Jonagold. Heritage Cider Apple.

Jonagold : SWEET

This very large sweet apples was developed in 1953 by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. It is a highly prized eating apple outside of Australia, where markets pay more attention to fruit taste than fruit shelf-life. Delicious to eat.

 

The intense apple flavours, and high juice yield make this the perfect apple to add the sweetness and early apple flavours to a Real Cider. This tree thrives in WA conditions, but the fruit spoils easily.

Sweet Coppin. Heritage Cider Apple.

Sweet Coppin : SWEET

 

A traditional Devon variety, from the Exeter region, where the apple has often been used to make a varietal Sweet Cider.

 

Very low acid, the apple is lightly sweet flavoured but has tannin levels unusual to be found in such a sweet apple. Heavily biennial, the contribution of this apple can be tasted in our 2015 blended ciders. A stalky spreading tree highly susceptible to damp.

Brown Snout. Heritage Cider Apple.

Brown Snout : BITTERSWEET

From Yarkhill in Herefordshire. This apple is the rare close cousin to the much more common Michelin.

 

A distinctive apple, with a distinctive patch around the "eye" of the apple. (The brown snout). Produces a fragrant bittersweet juice with soft astringent tannins. Likes to grow upright and seems resistant to WA conditions even if it is the favourite of the Black Cockatoos

Bramley. Heritage Cider Apple.

Bramley : BITTERSWEET

Bramley's seedling was grown from a pip by the young Mary Ann Brailsford in her garden in SouthwellNottinghamshireUK in 1809. Matthew Bramley bought the house and tree in 1846. and in 1856, a local nurseryman, Henry Merryweather took cuttings from the tree and started to sell the apples.

This amazing cooking apple is a bittersweet Cider apple. This is a hardy spreading tree, that grows well in Australia. A great juice for cider and apple pie.

Alfreston. Heritage Cider Apple.

Alfreston : BITTERSWEET

Grown from seed in the late 1700s by Mr Shepherd of Uckfield and originally named Shepherd's Pippin, the Alfriston was renamed in 1819 by Mr Booker who lived in the village of Alfriston. It received an RHS Award of Merit in 1920.

 

In our opinion this is the king of cooking apples and a great Cider apple. This is a hardy upright tree, that grows well in our orchards and provides us with huge apples that compete year on year with the Jonagolds for the prize of "biggest apple in the orchard".

Sugarloaf pippin. Heritage Cider Apple

Sugarloaf Pippin (Dolgoi Squoznoi) : BITTERSWEET

Developed at the botanical gardens of St Petersburg in the late 1700's this popular early ripening apple dominates central European country markets as the first apple of the season. The Russian name simply means long and thin.

 

A pale apple with soft flesh, it is tart and crisp. It can be eaten, used for cooking, or used for making cider. We love this variety because we can make delicious fresh apple pies in January! It's early ripening and prolific fruit made it a favourite of European settlers to the USA.

Castle Major Heritage Cider Apple

Castle Major : SHARP / BITTERSWEET

Described in Kent in 1875, and grown locally as a cooking and cider apple. Flesh is very dense and if cut takes days to turn brown and oxidise.

 

Very tart and packed with flavour it makes a great cooking apple and a great cider apple. These are big apples, round and flat - and yellow - so nothing else in the orchard looks like these beauties.

Striped Beefing Heritage Cider Apple

Sugarloaf Pippin (Dolgoi Squoznoi) : SHARP / BITTERSWEET

A gribble found in 1794 by George Lindsey, nurseryman, in the garden of William Crowe of Lakenham near Norwich in the county of Norfolk. Popular cultivar from around 1850, it is a creamy and tart cooking apple with heaps of flavour.

 

Yellow flesh delivers a high tannin strongly flavoured juice in tree ripe apples, that mellows in flavour with age.

Somerset Red Streak. Heritage Cider Apple.

Somerset Redstreak : BITTERSWEET

Probably a gribble from the Sutton Montis area of Somerset. Most likely from the Hereford Red Streak which was a very popular apple, but which has now disappeared. Performed well in a 1917 trial at the National Fruit & Cider Institute it became a mainstay of many commercial cider orchards.

 

An important cider variety producing a mild or medium bittersweet cider. Must be used immediately from the tree as it doesn't keep at all. Not one of our favourites!

Improved Foxwhelp. Heritage Cider Apple

Improved Foxwhelp : SHARP

A gribble of Foxwhelp found in the 1920's growing in a Herefordshire orchard belonging to H.P. Bulmer & Co. It is a sharper, more tannin rich version of the Foxwhelp.

 

Intense tannins make this a great addition to any blended cider.

Brabant Bellefleur. Heritage Cider Apple.

Brabant Bellefleur : BITTERSWEET

Originating in the "low countries", either Belgium or Holland in the late 1700's this strongly flavoured apple cooks to a creamy pulp and was much loved by Dutch apple pie makers.

 

Produces a wonderful astringent juice, packed with apple flavour and tannins. We suspect the skilled cidermakers of Belgium would have used this as a varietal for their sparkling ciders.

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