Here is a little musical montage of Apple Blossom for you to enjoy.
During May, the apple orchards throughout Asturias burst into life with delicate flowers and busy bees as the Apple Blossom announces the coming of summer.
There is magic all around!
Asturias is the real cider capital of Spain. All over the region, cider houses or sidrerías serve local cider (sidra natural), and many ordinary bars offer it too, particularly in summer when the locals drink vast quantities of the stuff –justified, partly, by its low-alcohol content (3.5 per cent).
Asturian sidra natural should be poured in small amounts from above the head into a glass held at waist height. This aerates the still cider and improves the taste, but only if it’s drunk quickly before the bubbles subside.
The ocean, the mountains and a humid Atlantic climate with the most moderate temperatures in Europe shape a landscape, which is organized into “pomaradas” or apple orchards for apple-growing. These units of production are associated with the traditional agricultural holdings, the “casería,” or farmhouse.
The traditional Asturian apple orchard is an agricultural holding where around one hundred fifty apple trees are planted per hectare, combining apple trees and pasture. It currently coexists with new agricultural techniques. The cycle goes from April to November, from the flowering of the trees until the harvesting of the apples.
It is a sustainable activity. Ancient wisdom can be combined with current ecological certifications and protected Designation of Origin. Eighty percent of cider apple-growing in Spain is concentrated in Asturias, with more than 500 varieties of apples, some of which are supported by the Regulating Council.
The practices surrounding cider production have given rise to rural, historical and cultural landscapes of great social value. And, while the agricultural sector has become more modern, it continues to link the community with these landscapes through the rite of cider-drinking.
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