Apples, apples, apples. Jo does a spot of apple picking and packing ready to make pies, etc.
It’s the time of year when all the fruit does that ripening thing. It all gets lovely and edible, so Jo goes apple picking. Next to us is a field that isn’t really used for anything due to the rather deep drainage ditches running across it. It was once an orchard although now there are really only four trees that do anything in the way of producing fruit. Of those four ancient trees, only two produce any quantity of fruit. One apple and one pear. In this film, the lovely Jo (you can tell this blurb is being written by Ian, Jo being far too modest to describe herself as lovely) wanders out into the field, through the drainage ditch,
and plucks some lovely ripe apples from the tree. I feel that I should point out that if she didn’t do this they would simply be left to rot on the ground. Poor apples.
In the field next to us there are a few really old fruit trees.
They’re not producing much in the way of fruit, but I thought I’d see what I could get, and then perhaps I could turn it into pie, or crumble, or chutney, or… something with fruit in it. Anyway, I shall go and have a look. I’ve been told by a reliable source that if they come off easily they should be edible. I’ve got an insect on it. Really nice apple. Bit floury.
Looking at some really old maps
we could see that this field was full of fruit trees. There aren’t very many left now, but as you can see this is a really old fruit tree, and it’s also growing some mistletoe- which apparently, so I’ve been told, denotes clean air. But who knows. Anyway, the fruit in this field was, we think, used to service the house that we live in now. So we guess we are the new fruit pickers.
That’s me done, I’ve got a good haul.
That should keep me in place for a while. I’m gonna take them home, clean them up, make sure I haven’t got any unwanted passengers and err… make lots of pie. Those are my life goals right now. So I’ve got my apple haul from my apple picking session earlier. I just need to wash them, dry them, wrap them in some packing paper. I suppose you could use newspaper. I’ve got a box for them here. But first things first- take one Apple, give it a bit of a wash, dry in a towel, put it on a tray, and repeat. So this is the last Apple.
Just need to dry it off and wrap up the lot I’ve just washed.
A lot of these are pitted and marked, and have got brown spots on them. A few are bruised like that. The ones that are bruised I’m gonna put aside and we’re gonna eat immediately. But other than that I think I’m just gonna have to ignore it, wrap them all up, and check to see if they’re okay. Usually depends on the type of Apple as to how well they keep.
I don’t know what kind of Apple this is.
I’m not really up on my apples. I know the Granny Smith when I see one. So if any of you know what this type of Apple is let me know in the comments below. That is all the apples packed and ready to go, now all I need to do is store these ready for when I need them. I’ll be checking them regularly cuz one rotten apple spoils the whole lot. I actually forgot to count how many there were. Nevertheless I had just the right amount of packing paper.
You need to store them in somewhere cool but not cold
and keep an eye on them, and make sure that they don’t bruise or rot or anything like that. And that should keep me going for a little while. If you like this video don’t forget to subscribe, like, and share, and all the good things.