50 States of Cider: Ciderland USA
Apples grow in every state in the US of A, and 32 states grow apples commercially.
Top 10 apple growing states:
- New York
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
50 States of Cider: Ciderland USA is a list of commercial cider producers, state by state, updated as new makers begin production.
Created by: HackCollege.com
Cider52: A Cider A Week. The plan: 52 weeks, 52 cider tastings, pairings and postings.
The 2013 ciders so far:
True Believer Peconic Bay Winery
Legacy Bellwether Hard Cider
Christian Drouin Poire Pear Cider
Tasting notes and pairings to follow.
Let The Wassailing Begin.
Traditionally wassailing the orchard occurs on Twelfth Night Eve, observed according to the “new” calendar of 1752, on January 5th. Celebrants following the “old” calendar will wassail on January 17th.
We at United States of Cider have decided to wassail from now through January 17th. Embracing both the Old and New. Being urban wassailers, we may just salute the old trees at our favorite local cider establishment.
The Churchill’s Jenn Dowds shared this wassail recipe with Rosie Schaap of The New York Times. Read the article, quoted below, for a little wassail history and additional wassail mixology suggestions.
“Therein lies the beauty of wassail: more than just another nice-tasting drink, it’s part of a long (if largely forgotten) tradition of celebrating the life that winter can seem determined to snuff out. It’s a fragrant, warming concoction mixed in bulk and set out for sharing…”
Wassailing We Shall Go !
Matt Wright of Wrightfood creates a Northwest version of the classic Normandy cider and fish stew using halibut.
Watch the video for a prep to plating view of creating the dish, meet Matt’s dear friend, Normandy Cider, and then visit the Wrightfood blog for recipe details. Enjoy the lovely photos (courtesy of Matt himself), and explore the site for other recipes that would pair extremely well with cider, the seafood and home cured charcuterie sections are good places to start.
United States of Cider is featuring images from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection.
Beautiful images, and interesting details regarding variety, location collected, and artist who created. More images posted on tumblr.
Attribution: “U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705”
Malus domestica: Rhode Island Greening