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Kingston Black apple



Kingston Black is a small dark red apple, formerly grown in the West Country cider-producing regions of England, and now a popular variety amongst cider enthusiasts.  However it is not the easiest of varieties to grow, generally considered a poor cropper and somewhat prone to disease.

English cider is traditionally produced using blends of Sweet, Bittersweet, Sharp, and Bittersharp juice - Kingston Black produces one of the best bittersharp juices.  Hogg, writing at the end of the 19th century refers to Kingston Black as "the most valuable cider apple", and Kingston Black is widely believed to have one of the best-flavoured juices.

It is worth noting that the word "cider" has quite different meanings in the UK and North America.  In North America fresh apple juice is known as "cider", whereas in England "cider" means fermented apple juice - which is known as "hard cider" in the USA.  Thus most traditional English "cider" apples cannot be eaten fresh, nor is their juice necessarily palatable when freshly pressed - they are grown solely for the production of hard cider.

Last updated 20 Oct 2012.

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An important English hard-cider apple variety, producing a bittersharp juice.

Kingston Black phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Kingston, near Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 19th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1540
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 1999-096

Using

  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Harvest period: Very-Late season

Growing

  • Cropping: Light
  • Flowering period: Late season
  • Flowering group: 5
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing

Disease resistance

  • Canker  - Some susceptibility
  • Scab  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some susceptibility

See also:

Kingston Black identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Kingston Black identification photos from website visitors


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Fruit tree register

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The following Kingston Black trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 20th May  2014  - tree owned by Bruce in TAUNTON, United Kingdom
  • 16th May  2014  - tree owned by Mike in GLEN ROCK, United States
  • 12th May  2014  - tree owned by Mark in LEYBURN, United Kingdom
  • 10th May  2014  - tree owned by Nick in NORTH CURRY, United Kingdom
  • 10th May  2014  - tree owned by Eric in BRISTOL, United Kingdom
  • 7th May  2014  - tree owned by John in MALMESBURY, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 29th May  2013  - tree owned by Eric in BRISTOL, United Kingdom
  • 23rd May  2013  - tree owned by Bruce in TAUNTON, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 21st May  2012  - tree owned by Eric in BRISTOL, United Kingdom
  • 15th May  2012  - tree owned by Mike in GLEN ROCK, United States
  • 9th May  2012  - tree owned by James in ESTACADA, United States

2011 season

  • 23rd May  2011  - tree owned by Dave in Spokane, United States
  • 21st April  2011  - tree owned by Bruce in TAUNTON, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 7th June  2010  - tree owned by Dave in Spokane, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

  • 4th week September  2014  - tree owned by John in MALMESBURY, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 3rd week September  2013  - tree owned by Bruce in TAUNTON, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 3rd week October  2012  - tree owned by James in ESTACADA, United States

2011 season

  • 2nd week October  2011  - tree owned by Bruce in TAUNTON, United Kingdom
  • 1st week September  2011  - tree owned by Mark in PALO ALTO, United States

2010 season

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