Ap­ples set to defy hot sum­mer for vintage har­vest

Bangor Mail - - ANGLESEY COUNTY SHOW 2018 -

THE dry sum­mer has not quenched the thirst of an An­gle­sey cider maker for do­nated ap­ples.

Amlwch-based Jaspels re­lies on a bank of fruit donors to make its award­win­ning ciders and it is con­fi­dent sup­plies will hold up this au­tumn.

In fact founders Adrian and Janet Per­ci­val are hop­ing to in­crease its ap­ple ton­nage from 20 to 28 or even 30.

“The main dif­fer­ence this year is that the fruit is ready a lit­tle ear­lier – peo­ple are al­ready drop­ping them off,” said Janet.

“Some peo­ple say their crops are not as heavy this year but it de­pends on the va­ri­ety and lo­ca­tion.

“We have more donors this year any­way, so we’re look­ing for­ward to a good har­vest.”

On Mon­day the cou­ple posted a Face­book video invit­ing do­na­tions of any va­ri­ety, with in­struc­tions on how to har­vest prop­erly.

Donors don’t go away empty-handed – for each 25kg of ap­ples, they will re­ceive two bot­tles of cider next spring.

Do­na­tions of pears and damsons are also needed: Jaspels hopes to pro­duce its first perry in 2019.

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