Healthy recipe for success

ARTHRITIS is the unexpected ingredient in a renewed friendship and a tasty new addition to the produce from a North Devon orchard. Cider has flowed for the past 15 years from the orchards at Ostlers Cider Mill in Goodleigh planted by Peter Hartnoll. Ten y

ARTHRITIS is the unexpected ingredient in a renewed friendship and a tasty new addition to the produce from a North Devon orchard.Cider has flowed for the past 15 years from the orchards at Ostlers Cider Mill in Goodleigh planted by Peter Hartnoll.Ten years ago this was joined by natural cider vinegar, historically used for its medicinal properties, particularly to ease arthritis.It was the spread of the cider vinegar business - it is now sold throughout the country - that brought arthritis sufferer Judi Fulford to Ostlers.Judi, who for 10 years ran the Yeoldon House Hotel in Northam with her former husband, now shares her cordon bleu training to help Peter develop a new range of chutneys, all including the benefits of his apples, cider vinegar and the all-important 'mother' that is the natural enzymes and essence of the cider apples."I came to see Peter because of arthritis in my knees and found his cider vinegar keeps me fit and well. I cannot now do without it," said Judi.So far they have developed a natural chutney with ginger and 'mother,' one that has the additional bite of chilli and a third mixed fruit version is on the way. Others will follow as Judi researches and adapts more recipes.Peter said: "Judi is helping with recipes to incorporate the apples, cider vinegar and mother to produce a chutney that is completely natural. I created the orchard in a valley previously not farmed for 25 years, clearing out gorse and scrubland and planting 1,200 trees. I think it has helped to put the character back into the area, which was previously known for its hard fruit growing. The cider and cider vinegar are going very well, but I hope this will help to make the orchard an increasingly viable concern. A box of six jars will make a nice Christmas present!"Ostlers can be contacted on (01271) 321241 or via its website www.ostlerscidermill.co.uk


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