Organic fruit growing requires some additional work and compromise. In terms of additional work, perfect looking fruit requires manual pest control, such as I did with the nylon socks I used to cover most of my apple crop. I was a little behind schedule this year and didn’t get to my gravenstein apples in time, so I let them grow “au natural.” Above you can see a 25 lb bag of apples I harvested today. Not only are some of the apples ugly with pock-marked skins, many of the apples were actually on the ground when I harvested them. I’ve found that nature knows when an apple is done and it really isn’t until the tree starts to drop mature fruit that the fruit is ready. So I pick apples up of the ground and picked the rest of the ripe fruit from the tree.
As I said, some of the apples were a big ugly. But, ugly apples can still be used.
Cutting into the apple shows you that the inside of the apple looks great. Just a few little spots here and there need to be removed.
Cutting the skin off shows that the problem is really just cosmetic. Apples like this are great for sauce, pies, and ciders.
So, don’t let a few cosmetic problems stop you. Eat your ugly fruit!!!