Don’t let the fancy name confuse you – the Dabinett apple is not a French variety at all! ‘Dabinett’ probably dates from the early 1900s, when it was found by William Dabinett growing as a wilding (a natural seedling) in a hedge at Middle Lambrook, South Petherton, Somerset. Classed as a “bittersweet” cider apple, ‘Dabinett’ has small, yellow-green fruit flecked with red. It is smaller than the average eating apple. This apple is known as perhaps the most useful cider apple in the world. It has been used for over 150 years to make the finest ciders – and likely will continue to be favoured for years to come.

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