But what do we really know about the apple? Did you know, for example, that the apple belongs to the rose family and that there are some 20,000 varieties worldwide? Or that in Germany the per capita consumption of apples is 17.6 kg and the most popular varieties are Golden Delicious, Idared, Jonagold and Gala? Or that an apple needs around 30 green leaves for optimum growth and that you can recognise a ripe apple from its broad and deep calyx and brown pips? What? You didn't know all that? Well, you're no different from many other people.
But there are many more things worth knowing about the apple. Many mistakes can be made with the apple harvest and the storing of the fruit. Nothing is more annoying than biting into an apple that has been harvested wrongly or too early, where the aroma has not been able to develop correctly and the vitamins have not had a chance to form properly.
So, here are some tips and tricks for the apple harvest and storing the fruit!