Kingston Black

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Kingston Black
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Information About the Kingston Black

Origin: Somerset late 19th C
Growth Characteristics: Slow to start fruiting. Flowering Period: Mid
Disease Resistance: Susceptible to both scab and canker

Believed to be named after the village of Kingston St Mary near Taunton, Somerset. One of the best vintage quality cider apples, producing a full bodied, single variety cider. Slow to start fruiting.

Fruit: Size – medium 45-55mm Shape – flat, conical, lopsided Stem - short thick, within cavity. Cavity – deep, wide Eye basin – bumpy, open, shallow. Calyx - grey open sepals Skin – smooth dry shiny yellow/green Flush – always >third, bright red, diffuse under dark red short stripes. Russet variable either eye or stem and netted Lenticels - grey large conspicuous many Russet – variable, either eye or stem and netted Flesh – Texture –crisp chewy fine Colour – greenish white Taste – sweet bitter sharp Aroma – sharp
Picking Season: late October
Storage: 1 - 2 months
Uses: Dessert – N/A Culinary – N?A Cider – A full bodied, single variety. Medium bittersharp Juice – Pale yellow, browns quickly, sharp sweet aftertaste
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