Harvested my Black Oxfords yesterday. The fruit is firm but sweet flavor is there and the seeds fairly dark. I didn’t know just when to harvest for storage but it was a beautiful Oct. day so I decided to do it. I expected a small crop of mainly small apples, some mediums, hopefully some good ones to store – that’s what I saw when I looked at the tree. But when I got in there and started picking this is what I found…!
The most beautiful, clean, good sized apple harvest I’ve ever had from any tree. Yes, there were smalls with a little scab, still on the tree for later snacking. But the main crop was so much better than I expected. I admired each and every apple as I picked them. Just a very few had a little scab, fewer with any insect damage, a couple with a little bird bites. There are advantages to have just a few bearing trees – one can take the time to appreciate individual apples as one picks. This is just the second harvest year for this tree (last year a flock of blue jays ate a good portion of the crop), no spray or amendments or anything. Just happy apples, and orchardist!