Apples

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue September. 02, 2018 3224 views

It was late in the afternoon or early in the evening, when we decided to "steal" apples. I call it stealing, because otherwise it would be no adventure to pick apples. Since beginning of time apples have to be stolen to be heavenly good.

There are lot of trees alongside the rural streets and pathways, which nobody cares about. Some of them are almost breaking down, because they have so many apples even on the tiniest twigs. If someone would pick the smaller apples in spring the rest would be larger and maybe less wormy. We have always to decide, if we wish to get some unexpected protein (including the remains of digestion ...) or being picky about every apple. Yes, that is another fact from beginning of time: really good heavenly apples always will be in company of nasty snakes - size doesn't matter at all!

Every year we take some apples from almost every tree alongside this rural pathways to get a nice mixture of different apple sorts with different tastes. My mother will produce apple jelly from most of them. It is lot of work, but in the end she will get the most exquisite product you can imagine. The last couple of years only Victoria was presented with some jars - the benefit to be the beloved grandchild.

I don't want to complain about stinging nettles and myriads of mosquitoes, which were dancing in front of my car's headlights.

I don't want to complain about stinging nettles and myriads of mosquitoes, which were dancing in front of my car's headlights.

The sweetest apples are hanging right over the hidden "abyss"- last year I almost broke my leg, because I didn't see the overgrown 2 m deep ditch.

The sweetest apples are hanging right over the hidden "abyss"- last year I almost broke my leg, because I didn't see the overgrown 2 m deep ditch.

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David Swatton 3 years ago

That is a seriously laden tree! And I agree, the best apples are those that are taken from trees without the owners knowing... we call it "scrumping". I have some in the kitchen waiting to be turned into a crumble with some blackberries foraged from the hills behind the village and whimberries foraged from a recent walk to the Stiperstones, an area renowned for its whimberries as they are known locally (or bilberries as they are more commonly known). One of the delights of living in the countryside! green apple

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 3 years ago

This year is an apple year. Every tree is almost breaking down. "Scrumping" sounds better - like this specific sound, which will be  made by greedy teeth biting intolarge apples and munching them down - although it would be still a stolen apple! smile
Delights like mushrooms or vegetables. Just got two cucumbers, three green, but nevertheless deadly hot chilis and an oversized tomato (maybe the father was a pumpkin) from a neighbor in our street.

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David Swatton Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years ago

It has been a really good year for garden produce this year - beetroot, carrots, courgettes, tomatoes, beans have all been excellent. We didn't grow chilis this year as we still have volcanically hot habaneros left from last year!

And I am going mushroom foraging for the first time this year on Wednesday.

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Scribe 3 years ago

Ahhh... treasure tree!
Pick me bunches over bunches
of crunchy, juicy, fresh-y apples,
calling out to the lucky picker,
we're ripe, we're red...
come take your pick
to your heart's content,
but be watchful! Do watch out
for the ditch, the nettles
and those mosquitoes apple

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Scribe 3 years ago

Treasure hoarder with branches and twigs surrounded by dangerous traps to keep the golden apples save and the thieves away! smile

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Camellia Staab 3 years ago

Those trees are way way full...how is that possible that no one picks them more often? I have a couple of apple trees, and they are not picked, and they are wormy, and they produce too many apples that fall into the pool, because no one picks them and because they keep producing.....BUT....thankfully they are not as loaded as these. Lovely shots Sigrid and your daughter is lucky to have a grandmother that loves her so :)

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years ago

The trees in the large fenced in orchards are well "groomed" like spoiled people in a spa. If you sort out the small apples in early in spring, the remaining apples will become larger. If you cut the tree down to some healthy branches and cut of the upper part, the tree will produce (after a year) the apples were you want them to be produced: ready to fall in the hand instead of the pool.
I'm not afraid of some "worms". A "healthy worm" will only grow in a healthy apple without a concentration of pesticides and other chemicals. We cut this parts out - no problem to "share" an apple with a butterfly baby.  wink
Yes, we are all lucky to have my mother. heart

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Andi Saw 3 years ago
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Victoria I. Strohschneider Replied to Andi Saw 3 years ago

Unbelievably, I have seen trees with an even more copious crop! Burgenland and Styria are the orchards of Austria and the boughs of the fruit trees are usually bowing under the weight of the fruit. Except, in bad years with hail storms and severe weather break-ins.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 3 years ago

I didn't mentioned the big risk of being stinged and bitten by wasps, bees and ticks ... smile
Victoria is right about the big fenced in orchards, but I would never "steal" from this areas. They belong to someone, who put lot of work in it - AND lot of pesticides and other chemical poison ...

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Jay Boggess 3 years ago

Amazingly bounteous crop! Hope the mosquitos didn't eat you alive! Always look before you plant your feet. Never know what may lie beneath.....Growing up in the cactus & Mesquite of South Texas, we were always looking out for rattlesnakes or any number of other hazardous things along our country walks.....Nice camera work!

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Antonio Gil 3 years ago

So many apples and nobody picks them up? Except you of course.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years ago

It's a shame, how much fruits and vegetables and potatoes are rotting away - it's food waste of the worst kind. I know "poor" people, which are buying expensive walnuts instead of picking them up right in front of their doorstep! When Roland and I were working on excavations, we picked up the potatoes from the fields, which were left behind. The machines won't take the smaller potatoes. The small potatoes are not "good enough" for industrial produced fries. Idiots, this small things are are called "princess potatoes" and are only used in very expensive "Michelin" restaurants. We live a life of upper class people, by picking up ignored deli food right from the fields and meadows.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years ago

You're so right. Here in Portugal, sometimes, young people from high school go to potato fields after harvesting to pick up those small potatoes and give them away to charity organizations

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years ago

THAT is a really good idea! thumbsup

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Joe Zink 3 years ago

Here they make them into apple cider and applesauce...I want to try some of your mother's apple jelly, it sounds delicious (especially with stolen apples grinning )

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Joe Zink 3 years ago

I'm used to the version of "Frankfurter Eppelwoi", which is .... let's call it -" you have to be born in Frankfurt to like it". This apples are far to sweet for apple cider, which is brewed from really sour apples and 1-3 % of "Speierling" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbus_domestica.
Mother's apple jelly from this apple mix will be mmmmmhhhh

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