Cider Musings

Ralph Austen


Oxford

Wrote one of the first books on cider. “A Treatise of
Fruit Trees” An early enthusiast linking fruit trees and fruit products with God. Ralph was religious and spirituality and nature were commonly closely entwined. Unfortunately Ralph was a Protestant and the Restoration and the Royal Society wiped him from the history books. No image of him exists today. This is the front-piece of his book.

However he is the first known source to note the addition of sugar to cider to keep it fresh ( and sparkling) with this annotation in the margin of the 2nd edition of his book in 1657