Apples for free...

10 March, 2015

I'm always up for a bit of free food. Especially if it is organic, fresh, free food.

So it was with much delight that on the way back to Melbourne from Lorne earlier in the year that I noticed not one, not two, but THREE apple trees on the side of the road, absolutely loaded with fruit. At that time I stopped and did a little scrumping, with a taste test telling me that the present occasion was not ideal for picking those slightly under ripe apples.

But I had not forgotten them. No indeed.

It was simply a countdown to a time when ripeness was more likely, then a road trip would occur.

So this long weekend seemed like an ideal time. I was a little concerned that someone would have gotten to the tree before me. Surely I'm not the only person who brain maps fruit trees.

Luckily the first tree we made it back to was still absolutely loaded.


This roadside tree was very obviously on the road side, not actually on someones property. From my previous encounter I knew that the best apples were at the top, way out of reach of anyone standing on their own two feet.


I had planned ahead and made sure we had a sturdy ladder to aid us in our apple picking adventures.

Look mum, so many apples!


I couldn't resist a munch while I picked.


Yes, the best apples were higher up!

All in all we picked somewhere around 80 kilograms in about 50 minutes of picking. We also did another stop at another tree and picked another 20 or so kilos in around 15 minutes.We only stopped because we ran out of bags.

Not a bad effort for a morning's work.


 This is only the bags in the boot. There are more behind the seats in the back of the car.

This lot is mostly destined for cider, with a few kilos of the biggest apples to be kept for drying.

Yay for scrumping!

20 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, this is like nature dumpster diving. Freeganism at its best. And I love how you are channelling the WWII land girl look.
    And you even brought your own ladder.. I am so impressed:)

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    1. I love the term 'nature dumpster diving'!
      Cheers for the WWII land girl props, I totally love that look. Just need a handkerchief tied around my head to perfect the look.
      I was very prepared! The ladder was a must have!

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  2. This makes me so happy! We did the same thing last weekend, up around Trentham. Wild apples are the bestest. Nary a coddling moth between the lot of 'em.

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    1. I love Trentham! As a child we would go blackberrying in Blackwood and I have the fondest memories of playing in the creek and skipping stones there.
      Yes, I saw no codling moth either. And surprisingly little bird damage. Just a few apples half pecked. I wonder how that happens...

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  3. For me I'd turn a lot of them into apple sauce. Though that is a lot of apples. I don't think I'd have time to do them all and I certainly wouldn't have enough jars. Though my husband would wish I made that much.

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    1. Hmmm, apple sauce. I think I will do a bit of that now you mention it. Just a few half pints for with roast pork.

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  4. Lucky, lucky you! We went apple picking last year but at a farm - unfortunately, the only roadside apple trees in our area are crabapples.

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    1. Crab apples can still make a good cider, if mixed with some sweeter apples say 60/40 crab to sweet. Just sayin'. :)

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  5. ONE HUNDRED KILOS??? wooooo
    i'm in shock and awe. if we do not hear from you for a bit, we know what you are doing - dealing with all those apples!!

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    1. I know! I was amazed. We just kept filling bag after bag. And there was so much left! We maybe picked 30-40% of the available apples.
      Yes, it might take me a while to process that lot. Luckily cider pressing isn't too full in a job. And many hands make light work :)

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  6. You are a legend and deserve to be well rewarded for your efforts! LOVE it :)

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  7. Yay indeed! And maybe a thankyou for whoever it was that threw an apple core out of a passing car all those years ago.

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    1. There was plants of thanks giving to the person who threw the apple core! That doesn't happen with chip packets and drink bottles!

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  8. Wow, just wow! I think i know where those trees are as my partner and i drive along there quite often. We never considered picking them. Well done Bec.

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    1. Well, let me assure you they are well worth the effort. And we left plenty. :)

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  9. Love it, well done.
    Made me happy just reading this.

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    1. Cheers! I'm glad to spread the joy. Picking them made me very happy too! :)

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  10. How is it that the birds did not get to them. My neighbour has a neglected tree and all fruit is gone before it is even ripe.

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    1. I have no idea. Maybe because it is so open with nothing around it that could be food for them they just fly straight past. I hope they never catch on!!

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