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Frequin Rouge is a traditional and important French cider variety. It produces a strong bittersharp juice.
It originates from the extreme west of France, in the region of Bretagne, but is used in all the French cider-growing areas. It is a required variety for several “appellations”, including Cornouaille in Bretagne and Pays d’Auge in Normandie.
Frequin Rouge is quite easy to grow. It is regarded as susceptible to fireblight, canker and scab in French orchards, but the mild temperate climate of north-western France is quite different to the continental climate of much of the USA.
In traditional French orchards production on mature trees will be in the range 30-35 tonnes per hectare, which is above the average for French cider varieties.