Drinking half a pint of cider provides a similar amount of antioxidants as drinking a glass of red wine. Antioxidants are thought to be able to help protect you from disease.
Children used to be baptised in cider back in the 14th century as the water available wasn’t as clean.
Captain Cook was vigilant when it came to the treatment of scurvy in his sailors, and made sure his ships had plenty of cider onboard to do the job.
The word ‘scrumpy’ comes from West Country dialect. Withered apples were described as ‘scrumps.’ Scrumpy cider tends to be unfiltered and cloudy.
The practice of paying farm workers partially with cider continued until the 20th century even though it was outlawed in 1887. There are tales of workers going on strike in Somerset when the cider ran out as a protest.
Fresh meat was sometimes placed in vats of cider to help it ferment. Luckily this isn’t done anymore! Rats weren’t purposefully put into cider for the same purpose, but I guess the odd one or two may have slipped in by accident and fuelled the myth.
There are many well known ciders Camra don’t recognise as being ‘real.’ Happily Mad Apple Cider is not among them!