A classic English hard cider apple variety, which produces a full bittersweet juice. Dabinett probably dates from the early 1900s, when it was found by William Dabinett growing as a seedling in a hedge at Middle Lambrook, Somerset. Today, it is one of the most widely planted varieties in English cider orchards, partly due to it’s regular annual crops, which sets it apart from most other British cider apples which tend to be biennial croppers. It is also one of the most reliable and easy cider varieties to grow.
Unlike many hard cider varieties which are best-used for blended ciders, Dabinett can also be used to produce a single-varietal full-bodied medium-dry cider.
The apple is small, round, fuzzy and striped red over a green background. Dabinett should be harvested October-November. Tree is of low vigor, does well with high fertility levels and is shade tolerant. The tree has a relatively small and spreading habit; it has a high resistance to apple scab and canker. Bears young and is a regular good producer, production is towards the higher end of the scale for cider varieties. Considerable tolerance to fireblight and scab. Hardy to zone 5
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