Apple cider Apple cider is a non-alcoholic perishable beverage made from raw apple juice. It is well known for its characteristic crisp, sweet taste which makes it a perfect autumn drink. It can be served both hot and cold. The classic beverage has many different types depending on where you get it. It can be filtrated just like apple juice or contains pulp and sediments. It can also be both unpasteurized and pasteurized.
Apple cider is a non-alcoholic drink but the unpasteurized version will ferment over time and become alcoholic, creating so-called apple cider vinegar. To prevent your apple cider from becoming alcoholic it should be pasteurized or drank within a maximum of two weeks of making it.
The apple drink can be served in many different ways. It is usually served cold or hot with the addition of species, especially clove, cinnamon, ginger, or cardamon. It is a great fall drink and usually is consumed after the apple harvesting season.
The taste of the drink depends on the type of apples used in its making. Traditionally apple cider is sweet but some prefer their cider to be sourer. Apple types commonly used to prepare apple cider are fuji, gala, pink lady, or Jonagold. These varieties contain lots of sugar, making the beverage sweet and tasty. Other varieties of apples used to prepare the drink are Mcintosh, Cortland, or Granny Smith, they are usually used to prepare the drink on the acidic side.
Apple cider is a rich source of minerals and vitamins such as Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A, and C. It contains various antioxidants that protect the body against cell damage and free radicals as well as significantly reduce the risk of many serious diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart sicknesses. They also help to soothe inflammation in the body. Apple cider is not filtrated that is why it contains more health-beneficial compounds than apple juice. It is a rich source of natural fiber which is beneficial for the digestion tract and the stomach.
The largest production of apple cider takes place in France (almost 90% of the total world’s amount). The fermented beverage is quite popular and often makes a great substitute for beer. According to the report by Allied Market Research on the cider industry forecast, the global market of apple cider is expected to gain more than 160000 million US dollars.
Global apple cider production
Apple is one of the most popular fruits in the world and its global production is increasing every year. In 2017, apple production reached a record high of 84.6 million metric tons. The top five apple-producing countries are China, the United States, Turkey, Italy, and India.
China is by far the largest producer of apples in the world, accounting for more than half of global production. In 2017, China produced 62.1 million metric tons of apples, which is about 74% of the world's total apple production. The United States is the second largest producer of apples, with a production of 7.3 million metric tons in 2017. Turkey, Italy, and India are the third, fourth, and fifth largest producers of apples, respectively.
Global apple production has been increasing steadily over the past few years. In 2013, global apple production was 76.4 million metric tons. This figure increased to 80.6 million metric tons in 2016, and then to a record high of 84.6 million metric tons in 2017. The increasing trend is expected to continue in the coming years.