Number of varieties of apples that existed in the American Northeast two centuries ago, according to the New York Times. By the 1950s, that number had dwindled to fewer than 100. Today, a revival of apples is taking place within a few hundred miles of New York City. All are intended for one of the newest exciting beverages—intensely flavored, dry “hard” ciders (usually about 7% to 9% alcohol).

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