Millennials are turning their tastebuds towards Ontario craft cider, driving up demand for local apples and pushing producers to look at growing cider apple varieties in the region. Historically, local cider was made with the imperfect apples of traditional varieties (like Gala, Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and Northern Spy) not deemed worthy of table stock. But those apples don’t necessarily produce the right acidity, sugars or tannins to create the unique cider flavours that consumers love. So, researchers at the University of Guelph are testing apple cider varieties from around the globe, hoping to bring a selection of them, plus new production practices, back to Ontario.
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