WHAT TO DO WHEN THE APPLE HARVEST BEGINS WITH WINDFALLS – 1st wk in September 2014

We give thanks to the previous owners of this 3 acre patch, that they planted apples, pears, plums, quince and yet to be identified varieties and species of fruit trees which are now almost ready to be harvested. Apple varieties like Beauty of Bath occupy a special place in the heart of many who recall them from childhood days long ago. They are one of many apple varieties which do not store well and therefore are not grown commercially in these days of long distance food distribution and longer shelf life requirements.

Often the old varieties have excellent flavour and arguably are more nutritious than the imported Pink Lady and Royal Gala varieties in many new school lunch boxes these days.

That being said, an apple which does not store has to be either eaten fresh or else juiced or dried if some form of storage is to be an option. Making apple tarts and freezing them uncooked is another way of storing apples for winter use.

Some fruits of Áine's labours. Buckets of windfall apples gathered with the help of a garden shears to cut back long grass under apple trees.

Some fruits of Áine’s labours. Buckets of windfall apples gathered with the help of a garden shears to cut back long grass under apple trees.

Áine has been experimenting with a fruit and veg dehydrator, while I have been juicing the windfalls as quickly as possible. The juice will keep fresh once it is frozen quickly. The dried fruit is delicious, but time will tell how long it keeps for. A future blog entry will give more information on the potential of fruit and vegetable dehydration.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Ah yes very fond memories of beauty of bath and the hives I’d get from eating too many! Sadly they are all gone from my parents garden now. Juicing is another option for apple overload?

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    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on December 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Absolutely. Juicing apples and freezing the juice is a good storage option. Likewise, slicing cored apples to make apple rings, stringing these on poles and hanging them in a warm place, or using a dehydrator. If I were you I’d ask Santa for a dehydrator!

      Organically yours,

      Trevor

      Reply

  2. I’m having my first decent amount of fruit this year, pears and apples from Seedsavers but stupidly I’ve lost my note of the varieties, would love a harvest as big as you’re having!

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    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on December 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Nicola,

      Next time you visit seedsavers, take a sample of the mystery varieties. They’d be happy to help with identification I’d say.

      Organically yours,

      Trevor

      Reply

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