Choosing the right time to harvest takes years of expertise.
Luckily our Farm Manager, Chris, knows exactly when our apples are ripe and has a few top tips for harvesting the apples from the apple tree in your garden:
- Keep an eye on the apple’s colour. For an apple like Katy, as it ripens it becomes a brilliant red, meaning it’s ready for eating (or our favourite, making cider)!
- It’s not just the outside of the apples that change colour. If you cut into a ripe apple, the pips should have changed from white to dark brown.
- Different apple varieties ripen at different times between August and November. As apples ripen it becomes much easier to hand-pick them from the tree (a tell-tell sign that they are ready to harvest!).