How to Harvest, Store and Process Apples

picking and storing applesIf you’re lucky and have an apple tree in your garden, it’s likely to be filling with fruit. It’s important to make the most of this fruit. This post will share the best times to pick apples, as well as the best ways to store and preserve them.

Knowing when to harvest is vital. Apples are often ready when the skin colour deepens. Those situated at the sides and top of the tree ripen first as they receive more sunlight. Ripened fruit should easily come away from the tree, if windfalls affect your apple trees then you can use that as a sign to begin harvesting. A simple taste test is sometimes the best way to confirm if apples are ready for harvest!

Picking an apple is just as simple, lift up and give a gentle twist until the apple comes away. Each apple should detach completely with its stalk. Always handle apples carefully to avoid bruising their flesh.

Storing apples is the next step. You should only store mid or late-season apples. Early-season varieties don’t keep and are best eaten soon after picking. Mid-season varieties should keep for a few weeks and late season varieties will stay in good condition for anywhere up to 6 months.

Apples that you wish to store, cannot have blemishes or bruises as these could provide entry points for rot. Store apples on slatted trays that allow the air to circulate and make sure they are not touching. Various varieties will require varying storage times, so ensure you separate different varieties.

An ideal area to store apples is somewhere dark, well-ventilated and cool but also frost-free. Garages and sheds are ideal, basements and attics should be avoided.

These are just a few tips and tricks for picking and storing apples. For further advice on apples, you can watch the video below.

If you have any advice for picking and storing apples, be sure to leave them in the comments below.

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How to Harvest, Store and Process Apples

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