So I was pretty cocky as I headed off to help pick the first of the apples.
This warm November we've been having and I've been enjoying so much is not good for the apples. We need colder nights to get the mitsu to happen. This is a clear like area around the core that is the be all and end all of the Fuji apple industry and is the reason why they often have a halved apple on display at the apple aisle.
You can't see the mitsu when you're picking of course. Cutting each apple in half before deciding whether or not to pick it would work but then again not.
So you check the apple's butt. If the dimple downthere is yellow it is ripe and highly likely there'll be mitsu.
But under-ripe yellow-green and ripe yellow are not exactly a world apart from each other so it's slow going carefully upending apples to check their bottoms. You have to be gentle, too or you will pick the apple accidentally and then what good is it, huh?
So, because we're waiting for mitsu we aren't into picking full bore yet. And the prices are still low for all but the kodama- little ball- apples. So the brief today was to pick ripe, yellow bottomed small apples. To check the size I was given a stencil. If the apple fitted through the second smallest hole it was ok. Any bigger and we need to leave it and wait.
I picked for 2 1/2 hours and managed 1 1/2 small blue baskets of apples. Well those were the ones I intentionally picked. I also brought home six apples that were not ripe enough/ too big but that had fallen off as I approached. I swear!
So yeah, I don't think I will add apple selection to my resume. Much better at the end of the season pick-everything system!