Apple-Picking Adventures

Fruit picking in Bilpin

Fact: Spur-of-the-moment plans are the best.
As we tucked the kids into bed last night, they asked, “What are we doing tomorrow?”
“Er… what do you want to do?” I countered.
It’s a long weekend here in Sydney and we hadn’t made any plans. Actually, I had no plans involving the kids…
“Let’s do something fun!” said C1 and C2 in unison.
So that’s exactly what we did.

apples and oranges
We went to Bilpin, a 90-minute drive from home. The apples and oranges were ripe for the picking. Here is our Sunday in pictures.

apple picking

My tips for apple-picking:
* Make sure the fruit orchards are, in fact, open. Call ahead or check their website.
* Find out how you will be charged: by weight or by number of fruit picked?
* Carry water, eats and barf bags(!) for the journey.
* Wear hats, sunscreen and closed shoes.
* Follow the farm guide’s rules on how to pick fruit. For example, for apples, you need to hold the branch with one hand. Then, with your dominant hand, hold the apple at the base and twist upwards.
* Have plans for your produce. Share them with family and friends. Have heaps of recipe ideas in mind (jams and jellies, cakes and bakes).
* Once you have brought your fruit home, do not wash them. Keep them in a cool, dry place, checking and eating the ripest ones first.

apple collage

Of course, a glut of apples always brings to mind this poem:

But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight.

Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.

~After Apple-Picking
Robert Frost

So tell me, have you ever been fruit-picking? Which variety of apples is your favourite? What do you make when you have a glut of apples?


6 responses to “Apple-Picking Adventures

  1. Beautiful photos. So lovely to commune with nature. My daughter went fruit picking and loved it too. I’ll check with her for recipes.

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    • Thanks Robyn! All four of us had a gala time (but no Royal Gala apples ;)). It was really lovely to see the abundance of fruit on the trees as opposed to in the super-market. We’re starting our day with some cold-pressed frothy apple juice today and will be baking all week.


    • There was something magical about biting into a freshly picked apple, Lorraine. The husband made some cold-pressed Apple, Celery and Ginger juice with brekkie this morning and I’ve got baking plans for all those Granny Smiths.


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