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Cider of the future

The students of a school in Luanco learn to make cider.

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LA SIDRA.- The students of the state school La Vallina kept aside their books for some hours to learn how to press apples along the “amagüestu” held on Thursday, in which there was plenty of sweet cider and chestnuts.

Dressed with the traditional Asturian costume or with “monteras piconas” (traditional Asturian hats) made of black, blue and yellow cardboard, a different session to the usual ones, based on Asturian tradition, started up.

During the day, the students learnt the cidermaking, from pressing to its transformation into juice.

Under the attentive look of both their parents and an expert who told them how to follow the right process, children took the wooden mallets to begin to grind the apples, then press them and finally taste cider at the end of the day.

To go with the newly made sweet cider, and after reading the opening speech by the Asturian language students, ther was no lack of chestnuts, though the atipical weather conditions this year have turned them into a scarce and hard to find fruit.

Eventually, the session ended up with the traditional dance “danza prima”.

These sessions will be held in most of the educational centres in Asturias along November.

Ana María Viciosa
http://www.lasidra.as
Born in Xixón, Asturies, in 1973, she studied English Filology at the Universities of Oviedo and Bradford (UK). She's worked as an English teacher, guide, interpreter and translator. She's very keen on cider and good cuisine.