A bittersharp variety Kingston Black has become to be held in high regard because of the quality of the full bodied cider that has a distinct flavour. Fruit shape can be variable but generally conical or flattened. The skin becomes heavily flushed deep red with very dark red almost black flecking or striping.
The flesh is bittersharp, mildly acidic with some astringency with a fruity flavour and produces a well balanced full bodied single variety cider. Fruiting from young trees can be disappointing but improves with age. Arose in Somerset, thought to be named after the village of Kingston near Taunton.
Flowering time – mid May Harvest – early November