Cider at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC
The cider apple research program was started at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC in 1979 with the planting of 2-4 trees each of 6 cider apple varieties. Today we have more than 65 varieties in our research orchards. We are carrying out studies to characterize juice and varietal cider, assess the economic feasibility of mechanical harvest and its impact on the sensory perception of juice and varietal cider, and develop an effective management plan for apple anthracnose canker. In addition to research, we also host a variety of cider educational events.