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Fun facts about cider

They say when the Romans stormed through England in 55 BC, they found Celts sipping a brew made from crab apples. The troops were quick to pick up the habit and take it back to Rome.

On November 18th, 1307, the legendary William Tell shot an apple from his son’s head. November 18th is now National Apple Cider Day.

In the 19th Century, cider was advertised as a cure for gout and other illnesses.

It takes about 36 pieces of fruit to make one gallon of apple cider.

In the 14th Century, children were baptised in cider because it was cleaner than the water.

Farm workers’ wages in earlier times included four pints of cider a day.

At one time, 365 different varieties of cider apples were grown around the world.

Cider is incredibly healthy. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? According to NACM Cider Makers Ltd, British explorer James Cook carried cider on his ships to treat his sailors for scurvy, a condition caused by developing a vitamin C deficiency. Back then, scurvy was the most common cause of death among sailors on long voyages, where storing fruits and vegetables for months was impossible.

Cider is naturally gluten free. Made from apples, water and little else, most ciders are naturally gluten free, making it the perfect drink for coeliac sufferers or those on a gluten free diet.

US President John Adams drank a tankard of cider every morning because he believed it promoted good health, and it must have. Adams lived to 90, making him the third longest living president in the United States, behind Ford and Reagan.