from the orchard to the taste buds
- The Flavor Wheel
Harvested when Ripe
The Pink Lady® harvest is one of the latest. It begins between the end of October and beginning of November. The apples are picked in successive waves, depending on their ripeness: as a result, the harvest lasts 3 to 5 weeks.
To determine the ideal time for harvest, technicians take fruitsamples from the orchards andmeasure their ripeness.
By analyzing sugar content, starch conversion (an indicator of flavor development) apple color and firmness, growers can determine whether or not it has reached peak ripeness.
Hand-picking the apples
The producers harvest their fruit by hand and in several ‘waves’ to ensure they only select the ripest fruit. Any fruit not ready will be picked in a successive wave. The harvest lasts between 3 and 5 weeks.
To maintain good fruit quality, they are picked only during dry weather, from the bottom of the tree towards the top in order to avoid apples being damaged by falling onto each other.
Each apple is gently grasped in the palm of the hand, then rolled upward before breaking off, without being damaged. The apple is then removed from the branch with its stem and gently placed in crates. All pickers are trained in this traditional picking technique.
Did you know?
At Pink Lady®, our main priority is quality: as a result, the harvest is generally 15% slower than that of other apple varieties.
Do you know how to pick
an apple by hand?
Roll the apple upwards
by pressing your right arrow key