Yarlington Mill apples are a popular choice among
both amateur and professional cider makers
Cider making is not only an ancient tradition in this country, but it is also an important aspect of British heritage.
The Celts are known to have held the apple in extremely high regard, and there are numerous references in Celtic mythology praising it as a symbol of fruitfulness and immortality.
The apple had many uses in Celtic civilization, but perhaps its best-loved application was the production of a cider made from crabapples.
The art of cider making was improved further by the Romans, who planted well-ordered orchards of and caring for cider apple trees, and developed equipment to press the apples.
However it was following the Norman Conquest of 1066 that caused the popularity of cider to rise significantly, and cider production spread far and wide.