The apple was first grown in orchards around the parish of Kingston St Mary in Somerset, whose inhabitants referred to it simply as the “black apple”. They are one of the most popular cider apples in the world, with most Kingston Black trees being located in the UK. The Kingston Black is classed as a “bittersharp” in the standard classification of cider apples, being high in both tannin and acid. These trees are not easy to grow and require more care than an average apple tree. Kingston Black apples are tart, have little juice, but often create excellent-quality cider. These much sought after apples are a must-have for cider enthusiasts and are grown almost exclusively for this purpose…. Because they make awesome cider!