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12 Fun facts about apple cider

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LA SIDRA.- The Internet is full of amazing facts about everything., so today let’s have a look at the ones related to apple cider.

• On November 18th, 1307 The legendary William Tell shot an apple from his son’s head. November 18th is now National Apple Cider Day in the UK.

• In the 19th Century cider was advertised as a cure for the gout and other illnesses.

• Some companies use the term cider to refer to apple juice with no preservatives, and apple juice to juice that has been pasteurized.

• When the Romans stormed through England in 55 BCE, they found Celts sipping a brew made from crab apples. The troops were quick to pick up the habit and take it back to Rome.

• It takes about 36 pieces of fruit to make one gallon of the apple cider.

• In the 14th Century children were baptised in cider, it was cleaner than the water.

• In England, between the 13th and the 19th centuries, farm workers’ wages included four pints of cider a day.

• Apples are to cider as grapes are to wine. So in the USA cider is categorize as “wine”.

• There are more than 7,500 different varieties of apples in the world, so if you had the recommended “apple a day”, it would take 20 years to try them all.

• The popularity of cider in America fell in the early 1900’s due to the arrival of many Europeans who brought beer over.

• The pilgrims who arrived to America drank cider because it was safer than drinking water.

• President John Adams, who comes in third for “longest lived U.S. president” enjoyed a tankard of hard cider every morning with breakfast.

So what are you waiting for to enjoy it?

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Born in Xixón, Asturies, in 1973, I studied English Philology at the Universities of Oviedo and Bradford (UK). I've worked as an English teacher, guide, interpreter and translator. I'm very keen on cider and good cuisine. Follow me on the website

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