Julian CiderWorks

Authentic Julian hard cider!
Local production using local apples & pears

Producing varieties

 

VarietyCider Type
Arkansas BlackSharp
Bartlett
Black TwigSweet
BraeburnSweet
Cameo®
Cripps Pink (Pink Lady™, Cripp's Pink, Criterion)Sharp
Danjou (d'anjou)
Earligold (Early Gold)Sharp
Empire
FujiSweet
GalaSweet
Golden Delicious (Yellow Delicious)Sharp
Golden Russet (American Golden Russet)Sharp
Granny Smith (Grannysmith)Sharp
Granny Smith (Grannysmith)Sharp
Gravenstein (Graasten, Summer King)Sharp
Honeycrisp™Sweet
Hudson's Golden Gem (Hudson Golden Gem)
Hyslop CrabBittersweet
JonagoldSharp
JonathanSharp
Newtown Pippin (Albemarle Pippin, Newtown)Sweet
Northern SpySharp
Pink Lady (Maslin)
Pink Pearl
Pixie Crunch
Pristine Apple
Red BartlettSweet
Red Delicious
Rome (Frimley, Rome Beauty)Sweet
Sanza
Spitzenburg (Esopus Spitzenburg)Bittersharp
Stayman Winsap (Stayman)
Summer Rambo (Rambour Franc)
Transcendent CrabSharp
White Winter Pearmain
Zeastar

Recently added, not yet producing varieties

 

VarietyFruitTypeCiderType
Ashmead's Kernel (Ashmead's Kernal)AppleSweet
Barland (Bosbury Pear, Bareland, Bearland)PearBittersharp
Barnett (Barn Pear, Brown Thorn Pear, Hedgehog Pear)PearSweet
Binet RougeAppleBittersweet
BrandyPearSharp
Brown SnoutAppleBittersweet
Butt (Norton Butt)PearBittersharp
Calvile Blanc (D'Hiver, White Winter Calville)AppleBittersharp
Chisel JerseyAppleBittersweet
Court Pendu PlatAppleSharp
Coxs' Orange Pippin (Cox Orange Pippin, Cox's Orange Pippin)AppleSweet
Crimson KingAppleSharp
Dabinett (Dabinette, Black Dabinett)AppleBittersweet
EinshemerApple
Foxwhelp (Broxwood)AppleBittersharp
Geeveston FannyAppleSweet
GelbmostlerPear
GinPearBittersharp
HarrisonAppleBittersweet
Harry Masters' Jersey (Port Wine)AppleBittersweet
Hendre Huffcap (Hendrik's Huffcap, Lumberskull, Yellow Huffcap)Pearsweet
Julian Bitter (chance seedling)Apple
Kingston Black (Black Tauntons)AppleBittersharp
Medaille D' Or (Medaille d’Or)AppleBittersweet
Niedzwetzkyana (Redvein Crab)AppleBittersharp
Normannischen CiderbirnePear
Romanian PerryPear
Roxbury RussetAppleSharp
Sweet AlfordAppleSweet
ThornPearSharp
Wickson (Wickson Crab)AppleSharp
Winnal's LongdenPear
Yellow Huffcap (Black Huffcap , Brown Huffcap, Chandos Huffcap, Green Huffcap, _x000d_
Huffcap, King’s Arms, Uffcap, Uffcup, Yellow Longdon, Yellow _x000d_
Longland(s))
PearSharp
ZestarApple

The wild fruit

Most apples and pears we eat today are cultivars — that is, genetic duplicates of apple trees desired for their characteristics. Cultivation is accomplished by grafting a portion of a twig from the desired tree on to the root system of another tree.  The Kenner Ranch’s (home of Julian CiderWorks) wild apple trees however, have grown from seeds.  These trees share attributes in a dynamic but genetically predictable form of the parent trees.  Also, trees that grow naturally in a unique climate are selected for that specific climate (like Julian with its limited water).  This is a critical and often overlooked requirement when one is developing or planting cultivars. Yet, this is how John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) propagated apple trees.  Today we propagate trees almost exclusively through the cultivars.

For many years, we allowed the trees to grow mostly unattended. We are lucky to live in an area that seems to be perfect for growing apple and pear trees. We let the local wildlife and our free roaming herd of horses eat many of the apples and pears from our trees, and in return, they spread seeds (as nature designed it) out to the edges of the meadows and along a large creek bed. Some “wild” apple and pear trees have now grown up and produce fruit. It is not always very good tasting, but those very qualities that make an apple “a spitter” might make it an awesome cider or perry fruit. We are drawn to the possibilities of these unique apples and pears.

We believe including the development of cider varieties in the cider culture is important to the countries where cider highly valued.  European farmers in various regions found or “developed” trees and made them central to their unique take on cider. Eventually, a distinct cider approach with a regional personality, reflecting the attitudes and culture of the community’s residents, emerged.  Creative farmers made the search and subsequent cultivation of these apples and pears an integral activity to their cider making. It takes a daunting amount of time to develop cider trees (and hence cider) this way, but the approach does protect the cider makers from the potential eventual homogenization of their craft and product. There are areas of this country where this philosophy had existed and may still remain.  Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, is an example of how it once was.  Note, Thomas Jefferson made the cultivation of apples and other fruit part of his efforts.  Today there is a cidery (Albemarle Ciderworks) in that area that relies on some of their historical or regional fruit for their ciders.  This cidery also integrates the Albamarle Ciderworks orchard into their cider making strategy.  Few commercial cider makers presently appear to do the same.  Fewer still, integrate the cultivation of unique and distinctly American cider fruit into their plans. The simple difference in our cider-making strategy is this: our effort will be a search for the perfect cider and cider fruit (expecting that we discover many for many different tastes).  The only alternative is accepting ciders that can be produced with commercially available fruit.

Wild apple tree

WildApple

There are a number of wild apple and pear trees spread about the property.  Most have never had thier fruit eaten or resulting juice fermented.  This year we will.  God bless the animals for spreading the fruit about.  Now, if we can the animals to share ….

Wild pear tree

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