Testing Apples For Ripeness + A Super Helpful Calendar


| 9/30/2019 6:54:00 PM


test apples for ripeness

One of my most asked questions is “How do I know when apples/plums/ pears are ripe?” I remember wondering that too. The realization that harvesting required as much knowledge as growing, dawned the day I harvested a whole tree of apples in a rush of excitement because they were red. What a let-down when I bit into one … sour … duh! They weren’t ripe yet.

Make A Harvest Calendar

a useful harvest calendar

Step one, my friends, is to have your eye on a ready date. This is my southern hemisphere apple harvest chart.

A harvest calendar is super useful. It has you ready for when the apples are. In a perfect world you make this up at the planning stage. Choosing varieties that suit your place and your needs and  spread the harvest through the year. This disperses your workload, takes the pressure off storage and brings a beautiful steady supply to your kitchen table.



mayflower apple harvest

Mary
10/10/2019 10:18:05 AM

I appreciate your suggestions on storing apples...I just picked our Fuji apples yesterday so the timing is perfect. And I agree...my apples are less than ideal compared to store-bought, but their imperfections definitely say "organic!" Mary, Windy Meadows Farm




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