Apple Harvest

Returning from Roxburgh on 17 April, I asked Nigel to stop and park by an apple orchard at Ettrick so I could take photos. Actually I took a lot.. it was hard to know how to get decent photos from this nice but fairly ordinary scene. The workers had finished for the day so I was able to take my time. I’ve already posted a few, and chose these three from the remainder. Central Otago, New Zealand.

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Looking at the apples reminded me of the story of Johnny Appleseed that my dad read to me occasionally when I was little. It appears the story’s based on a real character called John Chapman who established a lot of apple orchards in the American Mid-West (1800s) but the facts differ quite markedly from the myth! He died in 1845.


New Zealand exports a lot of apples so perhaps you’ve bought some. Many years ago I worked one season in an apple packhouse in Nelson and enjoyed it, afterwards staying on to pack kiwifruit. Nigel had earlier worked at the same orchard – assisting with the boysenberry harvest.


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. John aka “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman is kind of a local coming from the central part of our state. Like Mike, I was confused about your visiting an apple harvest until reading the date. Our apple harvest started a short time ago. Many orchards here are open for pick your own and others sell them by the bushel.

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    1. I’ve never come across PYO apples here although there’s probably some, perhaps later in the season after the main pickings are finished. I took lots of autumn photos, many not used yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. It’s “big” business here and quite popular as a family outing. The only time I have done it was in a condominium complex built in a former orchard where a friend lived and they were allowed to pick. Free is good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I too grew up with the story of Johnny Appleseed, Liz. I was initially a little confused when I read the title of your posting, because it is apple harvest time now in my hemisphere and it is spring in yours. When I saw the date of the photos, I realized that they were taken much earlier this year. I love seeing so many apples on the trees. Years ago I helped to collect apples few times to press into apple cider. We mostly relied on the ones that had fallen to the ground, so did not need the kinds of ladders shown in the photos. I think I ended up with a stomachache from drinking to much fresh apple cider. Nowadays I prefer the more alcoholic versions of cider. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. The first time I remember drinking cider was at Jamaica Inn in the UK! I lived on an orchard until I was 5 and still remember the big ladders we had. Btw, I’ve left a msg twice on your ‘Burnished gold’ post to see if I can use that dragonfly pic in a post but no answer? If it’s ok to go ahead let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Look how heavily laden those trees are! I know I’ve seen ‘New Zealand’ stickers in apples in the stores, and I may have bought some, but I don’t remember which varieties appear here. I’m in need of some apples, so when I go to the grocery store I’ll look to see if some of ‘yours’ are here. I wonder how the shipping and supply chain issues will affect our abililty to find foodstuffs from other parts of the world; there’s bound to be some effect. The good news is that apples ship more easily than other fruits.

    What is the CAJ on the boxes? Does that designate the orchard, or the variety?

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    1. I remember Braeburn and Fuji from when I packed apples years ago but there’s plenty more. My guess about the CAJ is that it designates the orchard. Reason: there’s a couple of big packhouses in Ettrick that presumably handle the crops of multiple orchards. Let me know if you find “our” apples! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. I know we have Braeburns and Fujis in the stores, so I’ll check the labels. For a while, there was some serious apple growing taking place here in Texas, and some of the best apples I’ve ever had were called Texas Fuji. I’m sure some sort of tweeking was done to make them a better fit for our conditions. Unfortunately, most of the orchards I used to buy from had their trees taken out by — cotton root rot!

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