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Kingston Black

UK variety. Cider apple, produces bitter-sharp vintage.
Synonym Black Taunton
Probably arose in the village of Kingston, nr Taunton, Somerset in Mid-late C19th
The fruit became popularised in the early 1900s and was widely planted in the West Country, but crops declined due to susceptible to canker, scab and poor crops

Fruit is dark maroon, flushed and small. It produces full bodied cider with a distinctive flavour
Harvest early November


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All information relating to varieties, characteristics and descriptions is sourced from the following:

Bultitude, J. 1984. Apples: a guide to the identification of international varieties. London: Macmillan Press.

Morgan, M. and Richards, A. 2002. The new book of apples. London: Ebury Press.

National Fruit Collection public access database at Brogdale Farm, Kent.

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