Ready To Pick v Ripe To Eat


An orchard owner, whose apples we use for juicing, was perplexed as to why Orchard Origins’ apple juice tasted so much better than his own.  The apples, after all, were  the same variety; picked at roughly the same time and from the same orchard.  The answer was simple. He had pressed his apples the day after picking whereas Orchard Origins had stored the apples until January to allow the flavour to develop and as a result produced a far superior juice. Continue reading

Spur Bearing and Tip Bearing Fruit Trees


Apple trees bear fruit in different ways. Where on the branch the fruit is produced, determines how the tree should be pruned.  The cropping habit of different apple cultivars falls into three main categories:

  • spur bearing
  • tip bearing
  • partial tip bearing

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