The Apple: How British A Fruit is BBC's audio coverage of Pete Brown's new book. "I wanted to trace the history of what we believe to be a quintessentially English fruit through both our real and imagined past. Because I quickly realized that the apple is the most symbolically laden of any fruit - indeed of any food. Across many different mythologies and religions, in popular culture and phraseology, the apple dominates."
And in their own words, hear British cidermaking legends Tom Oliver and Ryan Burke discuss their 9-year mentorship. After meeting Tom, Ryan began experimenting with growing bittersweet varieties, blending, aging, and wild fermentation – enhancing the quality of cider associated with Angry Orchard.
A primer on Britain's most English apple varieties: Historically the eastern side of England majored in dessert and culinary fruit because that’s what the main markets, which are centered around London, traditionally wanted to buy.
Over in the west of the country meanwhile, it’s a story of two B’s. Bittersharps and bittersweets are particularly favored in Devon and Somerset, the Three Counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, and Wales - home of Cider Cellars' imports.