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Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 13 2:55 pm    Post subject: are you picking your bramleys yet?  Reply with quote    

Mine are just on the border of being ripe - but we have very high winds - 24 mph - forecast for next week, so I'm planning to pick them anyway

anyone else harvesting yet?

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 2346
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 13 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not yet, picking up and using any that have dropped but most are still on the tree....for now anyway

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10498
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 13 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yup - several have fallen and others I am gently tugging and lots are coming off easily.

But I am a bit further south

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
Posts: 2737
Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 13 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not yet - they are still growing.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 13 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mine are rosy, and come off with little twist, and we are getting a fair few windfalls After the high winds I expect to have a lot more - might as well have them without the bruises

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Posts: 3223
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 13 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Only if desperate or if someone visits who insists on having some Bramleys for chutney. They're still dark green. I usually pick mine around Oct 20th. I've got a lot of windfalls but the trees are large and I reckon are tossing away the insect infested fruit.


Right now its the Rev Wilkes and Peasgood Nonsuch for cookers

MikeM



Joined: 20 Oct 2010
Posts: 76
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 13 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

picked a few rosy ones, but most are still green.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 13 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well we picked them - given the weather forecast. We left any that were uninclined to come, but most let go of the tree on touching them. Now have twenty one boxes of apples in the cold shed. A much smaller harvest than previous years, the cold spring not ideal for us here, but plenty for us.


Calli



Joined: 13 Mar 2009
Posts: 626
Location: Galway
PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 13 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No not planning to pick them but the dammed dogs seem to have acquired a taste for low hanging fruit....



gil
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Joined: 08 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 13 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yesterday, I picked the Grenadiers that would part easily from the tree, before today's high winds, forecast to continue tomorrow.

Kariana



Joined: 21 Aug 2013
Posts: 122

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 13 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Picked the apples my parents have on a tree in their garden before the high winds. Over 100 fruit but not a clue what sort, apart from the fact that they are a cooking variety, as the tree is old and was there when they bought the house. They were ripe though and most came off easily. Now we have to find something to do with them as there are a good number too damaged by insects to store.

Kellyn



Joined: 10 Jun 2010
Posts: 150
Location: UK
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 13 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Picking up fallen apples, one tree is loaded, eaters. Race who gets there first, me or the wasps!
The others vary but not quite ready yet, have cookers too but hard to get to.
It's the plums, I make lbs of plum jam most years but not sure if I will this year, we keep eating them but you do get fed up with them after so many, the ones that drop the chickens clean up.

I've got half a bucket full of plums and one of apples sitting in the kitchen and no time to do anything with them, I end up giving the fruit away most years.

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10498
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 13 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This popped up on my Facebook page and may be useful for peeps with lots of apples
26 yummy apple recipes

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
Posts: 21298
Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 13 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Picked up the windfalls from our first crop of Bardsey Island with several pounds of apple and only one damaged I can safely say we had a good crop. They look insipid and floury but are crisp and juicy with a light flavour.

Charles Ross are huge as normal but not quite ready. They're good straight off the tree but don't retain their good eating characteristics once picked.

Luath



Joined: 03 Dec 2009
Posts: 758

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 13 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Picked my 4 Bramleys - first crop, pleased with that. Great crop of Devonshire Quarrenden ready now, lots of John Downie and Wisley crab apples, and the Bardsey Island is laden too. Cider apples not so good this year, but will be making some out of all sorts of foraged and otherwise-acquired apples.

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