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 70 varieties in our research orchards. We are carrying out research studies to characterize juice and varietal cider, investigate mechanical harvest and impact on fruit juice and cider characteristics, develop an effective management plan for apple anthracnose in western Washington, and develop an effective management plan for apple anthracnose canker (see our Cider Research page for reports and results). In addition to research, we also host a variety of cider Educational Events.