The Scrumptious apples have been falling off the tree, some of them rotten due to codling moth invasion. Yesterday, it therefore felt like the right time to pick and start processing.
The above picture shows about half of them, which amounts to the number that are free of moth larvae. This is a little disappointing, considering the pheromone traps. However, I suspect that the culprit is the make I was obliged to purchase during the first lockdown, when nurseries and garden centres weren’t allowed to open. I should have bought a different make this year, instead of using up the traps bought in 2020, but it’s done now.
I’m glad in any case that during the second and third lockdowns, nurseries and garden centres were re-categorised as essential. I saw whinging on Twitter from poor souls who clearly haven’t worked out that food never magically appears on supermarket shelves but, thank goodness, they weren’t the final decision-makers.
Anyway, the apples are now being dehydrated, if not suitable to keep. Those which appear to be unmolested are in the fridge so we have a supply of fresh fruit for as long as possible.