Growing apples? Nope.
Picking apples? Nope. (Not yet anyway.)
See the mottled look of the apples? (If you live anywhere but Japan you're thinking so what?)
The mottled yellow patches are the shadows from leaves.
The leaves that I picked off. The non-leaf shaped mottled yellow bits are from where two apples rested against each other and created shadows that way. Those apples I carefully turned a quarter turn to expose their yellow bits to the reddening sun.
This leaf picking is called hatsumi which confused me at first as I thought it was hatsu- first mi- fruit but it's ha- leaf and tsumi- pick- oops. Oh well.
Leaf picking is a very slow job as you have to pick carefully and turn even more carefully so you don't damage any apples. It is a pretty low skilled job though as the instructions are simple- see leaf in front of apple? Pick. I can do that! And doing it while chatting away to my neighbour made the time fly to boot.
Thinking of adding hatsumi to my resume.
But worried that 'expert leaf picker' might get misconstrued in some circles....