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Best storage fruit this year

Posted by skyjs z8 OR, USA (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 11, 13 at 2:13

This has been my best year yet for storage fruit.
I have a lot of fruit that I froze, but that's not what I'm talking about in this post.

I am interested in which apples/other fruits have stored best for you this year without refrigeration, freezing, drying, pickling, fermenting, or with any other special method. I am curious about which fruit have stored best for you just by leaving them as is. Cold storage, out building, bags, north side of the house, etc. but not the others.

I think apples are the biggest volume of storage fruit I have. I had many varieties that I stored. Some, like Karmijn, were too few and too tasty yet to store. In a few years I'll store it. Some were apples that I grafted long ago, and failed to label well, and so I don't know what they were. Spitzenburg was a good keeper for me this year. I kept a lot and they lasted til January I think. Suntan was pretty good. They lasted about the same time. Orleans was a bit longer. The three that have lasted the longest for me were Gold Rush, Belle de Boskoop, and Winesap. I just finished up Gold Rush, and they were great when I ate the last one last week. Belle de Boskoop has been great and I still have a few left. I have needed to eat some of those as they were starting to go. The overall champ for me has been Winesap, which has the largest number of apples still (April 10th), still taste good, and I have hardly needed to eat any because they were in bad shape.

I still have a few flowering quince fruit, but most have started to rot. I chop them up and drink the water as a kind of lemonade. I just grafted Johantorp pear, which is supposed to be a good keeper, but I haven't harvested any yet, obviously. I grow Carriere hawthorns, which you can keep on the tree until February, depending on the year.
I am very curious to hear what your best keepers were.

John S

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RE: Best storage fruit this year

Note: I use a 7 cu ft. chest freezer that is digitally temperature controlled to 33 degrees.

I agree with you on the Belle de Boskoop.
I ate my last ones at the start of March and they had no indications of bruising or rot. Awesome to eat and cook with, especially after January when the acidity subsides.

My Jonamacs were a surprise, I picked them and immediately stored them and they lasted 2 months, and would have lasted a bit longer if I hadnt ate them all.

Ashmead's Kernel lasted until March, and would have kept going until at least April.

Reine des Reinettes also stored very well past February.

Orleans Reinette, not so much, started to get dry/mealy in February, I'd recommend eating that one at the latest, January.

Suncrisp lasted until March, but had a funny taste this year, possibly from the fruit being small. Large fruit the year before was very tasty in storage.

This is my fruit board from this year. ..

Here is a link that might be useful: 2012 Chest Freezer Board

This post was edited by megamav on Thu, Apr 11, 13 at 9:56

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