The variety’s exact origin is unknown, though it was first planted around Crediton, Devon, in the 19th century. No, this isn’t a crab-apple. Yes, it definitely tastes like one. The name “Ellis Bitter” sure does it justice. But this medium-sized apple has been used for more than two hundred years to create cider. It adds a sharpness and mild tannin to cider blends. While some of our other “cider-only” apples might be palatable to take a small bite out of, we absolutely do not recommend doing that to an Ellis Bitter.