Why prune fruit trees? Find out in this mini-video!
If you grow your own fruit trees, then you know fruit has a shelf life. Your delicious, home-grown apples, pears, apricots or peaches may be amazing for days after harvest. But after that, you cook them, freeze them, can them, or dehydrate them if you want to enjoy for months to come. So how is it that we can buy fresh, locally-grown fruit throughout our darkest North American winters? Well, supermarket fruit is often kept fresh and attractive with the help of high tech storage techniques, waxes and chemical inputs.
But that's not the only option. In this video Ontario fruit farmer Peter Bosman of Lincoln Line Orchards talks about how fruit can be kept fresh for months though cold storage and controlled atmosphere storage. While Peter sometimes uses a chemical process called SmartFresh to keep some of his fruit fresh until July, much of the fruit can be kept for months without any chemical inputs. Check out this video to see how it all works.
And did you know that in terms of apples, not all cultivars have the same storage needs? You can learn more about it in this podcast on fruit storage in which I interview Dr Randy Beaudry of Michigan State University on Storing Honeycrisp Apples. In the meantime, enjoy the film!
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Susan Poizner is an urban orchardist and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards. She is the creator of the award-winning online fruit tree care training program at www.orchardpeople.com and the host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast. She is also an ISA Certified Arborist..
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