Are your apples ready to be picked?

We have been receiving lots of questions this week from Fruit Owners who are unsure if their apples are ripe. Our extra warm weather seems to be throwing off our typical growing season! Hopefully this post will help you to be able to tell if you should be putting in a Harvest Request soon. Because we typically only go to a homeowner’s once to pick apples, we like to pick them when the majority are ripe.

Many people assume that because apples are starting to fall, that the whole apple tree is ripe and ready for picking.  That’s actually not true. Apples ripen at different stages and some apples will always fall off early in the season. That usually means some will be have dropped by the time we get to them.

Are My Apples Ready to Harvest?

How do I know if my apples are ready to harvest?

creamy ground colour all around - ready to pick

We hear this question a lot at Fruit Share and so we thought we’d share some insight on how to tell when apples are ready to harvest.

There are four factors to consider when determining if your apples are ready for picking:

1. Colour – More important than the formation and colouration of the red blush found on many apples is the base colour or “ground colour” of your apples.  Watch your apples as their main background colour changes (e.g. from green to creamy yellow).  Once their ground colour has changed over most of their surface they are ready to harvest.  Remember the apples toward the centre of your tree and the side of the apples facing the inside of the tree will be the last to change colour.

Harvesting superfoods

Fruit is highlighted in Steven Pratt and Kathy Matthews’ bestseller, SuperFoods Rx. In their sequel, SuperFoods HealthStyle, one of their autumn SuperFoods is apples!

winnipeg applesAn apple a day keeps the doctor away is a classic line in our society. But what exactly does it mean?

According to Pratt and Matthews:

  • Apple consumption is associated with reduced risk for diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma and type 2 diabetes.
  • Different apple varieties contain various concentrations and types of polyphenols.
  • Apples with the peel still on contain much more antioxidant capacity than apples without the peel.
  • Quercetin, a flavonoid found in apples, has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • The soluble and insoluble fibre in apples helps to reduce cholesterol levels.