Our 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : BITTERSWEET
Bramley's seedling was grown from a pip by the young Mary Ann Brailsford in her garden in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, UK 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 : 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".