The apple is the most consumed fruit in France. Its fragrant and sweet flesh is easy to eat and can be used in many recipes . It is also quite possible to grow an apple tree in your garden if you have enough space. You will then have the chance to taste delicious fresh, local and organic apples. To take advantage of it, here are all our tips for harvesting apples and storing them.

Summary

  • When to harvest apples?
  • The apple harvest
  • The hardiest apples over time
  • The conversation

When to harvest apples?

There are so many varieties of apples that the harvest period extends from August to October. Even if the preferred period is in the fall, the so-called early varieties are harvested in August (this is the case with the Gala or the Initial). Goldens, the most common variety, are harvested from September. Late varieties such as Grany Smith (the famous green apple) or Chanteclerc are harvested in October.

The apple harvest

Apples are harvested when they are well colored and of the right size depending on the variety. The technique to know if it is time to harvest them consists of lifting the fruit and making a quarter turn of the tail. If the apple is ripe, it will come off easily. Put your fruits delicately in a crate to avoid damaging them in order to keep them longer.

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The hardiest apples over time

The apple is a fruit that generally keeps for a long time. Here are 10 varieties that keep even longer than others:

  1. Api
  2. Belchard
  3. Belle de Boskoop
  4. Pippin of Caux
  5. Blandurette
  6. Winter White Calville
  7. Chanteclerc
  8. Ontario
  9. Delbard Jubilee
  10. Idared
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The conversation

It is possible to store apples all winter if you take a few precautions. The apples must be placed in wooden crates without contact to avoid cryptogamic diseases.

The crates must be placed in a cool room (10°C), away from light and humidity. Make sure that the air passes well between each fruit.

If you see a damaged apple, remove it immediately before it contaminates others.

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