What’s the Difference Between Apple Cider and Apple Juice

Apple season is approaching. As stores, menus, and Pinterest-worthy tablescapes start filling up with fall’s favorite fruit, you may find yourself pondering one of the season’s perennial questions: What exactly is the difference between apple cider and apple juice?

The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, a state that knows a few things about autumn weather, officially defines cider as “raw apple juice that has not undergone a filtration process to remove coarse particles of pulp or sediment.” Traditionally, that means picking apples, giving them a good wash, cutting them into pieces, and grinding them into an “apple mash” that looks a lot like applesauce. The mash is then wrapped in cloth and pressed into that dark brown juice that fills farm stands in the fall.

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