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Tremlett's Geneva Bitter Apple

Tremlett's Geneva Bitter Apple

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History: Tremlett's Geneva Bitter (aka Geneva Tremlett's Bitter) come from a tree that was believed to be Tremlett's Bitter, an English cider variety. It was imported to Geneva, New York from England in the 1960s but at some point there was a mix-up and the mistake was only uncovered after many American growers had received scions from the erroneous tree.

Why We Grow It: Although this isn't the traditional bittersweet cider apple popular in England, Tremlett's Geneva Bitter still produces a good quality bittershap cider. Some say it is even better than the original!

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Weak vigour, spur bearing. Slightly susceptible to fireblight but resistant to scab. Tends to bear biennially.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time

Flowering Time: Middle

Ripens: Late September

Storage: Does not store well

Recommended Use: Cider

Cider Properties:
  • Class: Bittersharp
  • Acidity: Medium to high, TA >4.5 g/L
  • Tannins: High, >2 g/L
  • Taste: Balanced flavour that has sweetness and acidity along with subtle bitterness
  • Recommendations: Can be used in blends or to make a single-variety cider, good for hard cider

Size including roots:

  • 100-200 cm whip, 1 year grade
  • 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more, 2 year grade
  • 50-80 cm, B-grade
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