A complete of 73 beforehand unrecorded forms of apples and pears believed to be distinctive to Wales have been found by researchers.
About 200 bushes had been DNA-tested within the two-year venture to search out, catalogue and protect new varieties.
Some have been propagated and at the moment are being grown in 13 group orchards round Wales.
The lottery funded project was run by the College of South Wales and the Welsh Perry & Cider Society.
One selection, referred to as Anglesey Candy Jane (A1789), was discovered rising on land on Anglesey.
The proprietor’s mom, aged in her 80s, informed researchers she remembered the tree, considered greater than 100 years outdated, from her childhood.
The variability takes its identify from the proprietor’s sister, and the “fruit is kind of candy” making it almost certainly an eater, stated researchers.
One other apple, often known as Afal Tudwal (A1797), was discovered rising in an outdated orchard hooked up to a vicarage in Llanstadwell, Pembrokeshire.
Researchers stated its style was “sharp however not disagreeable” and it had been used as a “cooker” and for cider.
“After we launched this venture none of us may have foreseen the large success of the DNA testing outcomes that might come from it,” stated society chairwoman Sally Perks.
“We hoped to search out some distinctive varieties, however we did not envisage that there could be so many types of cider apple and perry pear which have solely been present in Wales.”
Their venture was arrange in 2016 to take a look at the heritage of orchards and cider-making in Wales and it has boosted recognized varieties from about 30 to greater than 100.
The society has labored with 13 group teams to plant new – and regenerate outdated – orchards utilizing the rediscovered varieties.
A complete of 926 bushes have been planted at orchards at Anglesey, Conwy, Gwynedd, Monmouthshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Wrexham and past.
The society and its companions have additionally used the newly found varieties propagated from graftwood to create the Nationwide Collections of Welsh Cider and Perry Timber.
These are being held at Aberystwyth College and Nationwide Belief properties; Erddig Corridor in Wrexham and Dyffryn Gardens within the Vale of Glamorgan, in addition to the society’s personal museum orchard to behave as a “genetic useful resource” for future generations.
Juice from 29 of the fruit bushes is being fermented in single-variety style trials and findings can be shared within the society’s database for cider and perry makers to think about using.
The Heritage Lottery Fund backed the £500,000 venture.