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At Stocks Farm, cider apples are grown on contract for Magners at Shepton Mallet in Somerset. These apples are harvested mechanically and are delivered directly to the processing plants in October and November each year for pressing. We grow two varieties: Dabinett and Harry Masters.
Dabinett: The Dabinett has small, yellow-green fruit flecked red. The flesh is greenish and aromatic. It’s flavour is classed as ‘bittersweet’. The tree is relatively small and spreading habit. It also has a high resistance to apple scab.
Harry Masters: This is a vintage cider apple, which means you can get a full bodied cider using just the juice of the fruit. It’s flavour is classed as ‘bittersweet’, like most classic West Country ciders. The tree is good for smaller spaces, as it is quite slow growing and doesn’t spread much.