Apple Picking Tips

The calls for large eating and baking apples continue to come in to Fruit Share.  It’s great to know we’re rescuing so many apples and putting smiles on so many faces with those lovely Manitoba apples.

For all of you out there picking apples, here are a few apple picking tips to help you out.

  • Start by removing any fallen apples that may be on the ground to keep them separate from the fresh ones you pick.  Apples that have been on the ground for a while are at risk of contamination and should be composted.  Once the area has been cleaned, any fruit that falls while you’re picking can be used.   If you’re uncertain about the ground underneath the tree, lay down a tarp for apples to drop on.  No matter how careful you are, some apples will drop to the ground while picking.

How soon will volunteers pick my fruit tree?

This type of question is one which we get asked a lot at Fruit Share.

It’s important to remember that Fruit Share is an organization created to rescue as much unwanted fruit as possible. This year we have already rescued over 3,000 lbs of fruit, which is amazing! But unfortunately we also don’t have enough volunteers to get to every single one of the fruit trees (of which we have over 130!).

winnipeg logoSome fruit trees are far away from where our volunteers live. Sometimes our volunteers do not own a ladder or a car, so it is difficult for them to get out to all of the trees that they would like to reach.

Chocolate applesauce cookies

healthy cookie

This was the first batch, in which the oats were the base and the chocolatey applesauce went on top. They look cute with an oaty base, but they hold together much better when the oats are mixed into the applesauce!


– ½ cup applesauce

– ½ cup oats

– 2 tbsp cocoa powder

– 2 tbsp honey

– ½ tsp cinnamon


Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Drop by spoonfuls onto the dehydrator tray and dehydrate for about 10 hours, flipping partway through. Makes 6 – 8 cookies.

Dried apples and fruit leather recipes

Dried Apples

apples with peel

Plain dried apples, with peel.


– Apples

– Cinnamon and sugar (optional)


Remove the core and slice the apples into any shape you like (rings are popular, but with smaller apples it is easier to simply slice them). Arrange on the dehydrator tray and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar if desired. Dehydrate for 7 – 10 hours.

Fruit Leather

nutty fruit

Fruit leather with applesauce base, topped with walnut and sunflower seed crumbles.


– 12 Goodland apples (about 15 crab apples or 8 eating apples), cored and quartered

– Any combination of the following:

  • 2 tbsp applesauce or apple cider
  • ½ tsp almond extract