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! Take a look below for 16 fascinating and interesting facts about apple cider.
1. Scrumpy is a cloudy, unfiltered cider mostly made in the West Country.
2. More than three million new cider apple trees have been planted in the last 25 years.
3. The name comes from local slang for a gone off apple.
4. In the 14th Century children were frequently baptised in cider because it was much cleaner than water.
5. The 15th Century Wycliffe bible is known affectionately as the “Cider Bible” because of its mentions of the drink.
6. Farm workers used to be paid with up to 4 pints of cider a day.
7. Captain Cook used cider to treat the vitamin deficiencies that cause scurvy on long voyages.
8. At its peak there were 365 different varieties of cider apple — one for each day of the year!
9. Cider used to be sold as a cure for gout.
10. Jocelin Bishop of Bath was listed as the country’s first cider presser way back in 1230.
11. Whilst it’s gaining in popularity, 4 times as many adults regularly drink wine and beer.
12. The UK produces at least 130 million gallons of cider every single year.
13. 17th Century writer John Evelyn promoted cider as a way of strengthening the stomach and promoting healthy digestion.
14. Organic cider is gaining in popularity due to the lack of pesticides used in the orchards.
15. “Scrumping” refers to the practice of climbing the walls of orchards and stealing an apple.
16. The UK uses 45% of all apples it grows to make cider.