Pommier : 'kingston black'

Genre - Fruit : Malus domestica - Pomme

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  • Malus domestica Borkh.

  • Pommier

  • sud ouest d'angleterre (?)

  • Kingston Black – King of the Cider Apples?
    There seems to be a general consensus that Kingston Black is the best cider apple tree there is. No favouritism here even though both it and I come from Somerset (albeit in different centuries).

    When cider is described as vintage, it refers not so much to its age, but to the fact that it is made from a single variety of apple. In cider parlance vintage = unblended. Sort of a single malt. Opinions vary about the best single malt (my favourite is Glenmorangie) but few argue that cider made from Kingston Black apples stands on its own. I have heard it described as the Cox’s Orange Pippin of cider apples and the analogy is not a bad one. The flavour in unrivalled but Kingston Black is also harder to grow than some others and (like Cox’s Orange Pippin) is a modest yielding apple. But balance against that the ideal combination of acid, alcohol, body, fruit and tannin and you can see why this is an apple apart. Which of course is why Kingston Black apples are generally used to improve a blend of other apple juices from heavier yielding trees.

    Just like other apples with the word “black” in their name, Kingston Black is extremely dark in colour – deep red turning to dark purple, at times almost black. The apples themselves are short stalked and quite little. There are lots of them, but they need thinning . It has a pronounced biennial habit and as hinted above, is a relatively weak cropper which has low resistance to both scab or canker. Absolutely not a tree for an organic orchard unless you are a real pro. Having said which it grows wonderfully well for some people.

    For the reasons of low yield, being disease prone and having a biennial cropping tendency don’t plant this as your only cider tree (there are more reliable vintage varieties). However, if you are planning to plant an orchard with cider in mind (6+ cider trees) then Kingston Black should be first on your list. If it grows for you an crops well in a good year, spoil yourself and make an unblended cider from Kingston Black.

    Tasting it yourself before offering to share with your friends is a great test of the meaning of the phrase “self-sacrificing”….

    (This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 at 1:19 pm and is filed under Cider Apple Trees. Pris sur le site http://www.fruittrees.co.uk/?p=35)

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Variété modifié le 28 août 2021