|Posted by bibiddream on September 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM|
The winter weather has been wicked enough on this side of the Atlantic so you're forgiven if you're unaware of the flooding problems in England that are threatening their hard cider production. It's been the wettest winter there since 1910, killing millions of apple trees. Submerging the base of an apple tree for just two weeks is enough to wreck its root system according to England's Metro news. The Southwest of England, where loads of apples are grown, was flooded for longer than that.
So drink beer instead, you might be thinking to yourself. We know the Brits love their pubs and their beer, but they are serious hard cider connoisseurs as well, having consumed about 1.5 billion pints of it last year. The number was expected to increase this year, but that's questionable now.
Hard cider is a growing industry in this country, too. Did you think, like I did as a kid, that Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees to keep the doctor away? Michael Pollan explained the truth about Johnny Appleseed in The Botany of Desire. Appleseed didn't give a hoot about eating fresh apples. His trees were for hard cider, and everybody drank it, including kids. Why? Because it was safer, often, than the local fresh water. Appleseed traveled way ahead of large groups of homesteaders and planted trees so that there would be fruit ready to press for hard cider by the time they arrived. A smart businessman!
Hard cider makers in America, take note: Get ready to export your product to England this year.
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