‘Carling British Cider’ has once again been in the
news with questions being asked about the origin and variety of
the apple juice concentrate used in its manufacture.
product in the UK made from 35% or more of apple concentrate can
call itself ‘cider’ regardless of what variety of apple
was used or where it was grown: the other 65% being sugar syrup.
is no real legislation that controls the amount or quality of fruit
used to make cider vinegars. Most UK apple concentrate
is imported from China, Poland and Germany where cider apple varieties
are pretty much unknown.
know that cider apple varieties contain higher levels of antioxidants
and tannins than culinary or dessert varieties. At Somerset Cider
Vinegar we believe that cider vinegar for health treatments should
only be made from 100% cider apple fruit.