One pound of apples are needed to make one bottle of Calvados.
The famous French brandy distilled from apples requires 17 pounds of heirloom apples to make one bottle of Calvados. The apples must be grown in Normandy, the region renowned for the drink. (The region also makes fantastic ciders). Producers can use four types of apples: sweet, bittersweet, bitter and bittersharp. Sixty years ago, there were more than 15,000 small, artisanal Calvados producers. Today there are about 300, but the Calvados and ciders they make are sensational.