This week is the kick-off of Cider Week in NYC (Oct. 24-Nov.2) and, to get the ball rolling, let’s take a quick, little look at American Cider. Cider has a long history in America. We all know the tale of Johnny Appleseed, which certainly plays a role in American cider’s history, but it all really began much earlier with the arrival of the first English settlers. Upon reaching American shores and discovering only inedible crabapples, requests were immediately sent to England for apple seeds, which led to the first orchards and, soon thereafter, the first ciders. Apple trees grew quite successfully in the poor New England soil, much better than barley and other...
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