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Cider Tasting Day at Long Ashton

    Naturevolume 135page951 (1935) | Download Citation



    THE Open Field Day at the Research Station, Long Ashton, near Bristol, was held on May 2. A large and distinguished company of growers, brewers, men of science and administrators met to exchange views, inspect the laboratories and outdoor plots, and to exercise a discretionary taste upon the samples of cider prepared under controlled conditions by the National Fruit and Cider Institute. Representatives from Canada, South Africa, India, and the United States were present. The function has retained its atmosphere of informality and free intercourse throughout its thirty years, in spite of the fact that visitors have increased in number about a hundredfold since the first meeting of twenty-five members. The desire to take full advantage of the educational opportunities of the day has also grown. The ciders of 1934 were definitely above the average in quality, but were slightly inferior to the superlative product of the previous year one cannot expect equal quality from two heavy crops in succession. An exhibit of centrifuging as a method of controlling fermentation attracted much interest, whilst experiments and outdoor demonstrations on pomology, plant nutrition, fruit breeding, economic mycology and entomology, willow culture and fruit and vegetable preservation, were also shown. The Agricultural Advisory Centre, Berkeley Square, Bristol, and the National Mark organisation provided additional exhibits.

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