July 2017 Archives

Apples Bagging

We visited the growers to see the bagging of apples. After the sorting-out, they bag each fruit to protect them from diseases and pests, and to promote coloring and longer storage life as well.

 

 

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This bag contains various modifications, although it looks like a regular bag.

 

 

It has a slit to hook on the stem, and a wire is inserted to clip it onto the fruit. It is perforated for an easy removal.

 

 

 

 

The bagging is always done by hand, and a skilled worker can bag 1000 apples per day. 

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On the other hand, there are apples cultivated without bagging. They receive more sunshine to become sweeter apples, but they are lacking in color and storage life compared with the bagged ones.

 

 

For the features of bagged and un-bagged apples, click here.

 

 

 

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Apple University is a virtual university where you can learn many things about apples in a fun way. ⇒ Click here to go to the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Process of Sorting-Out

We visited an apple grower to observe the sorting-out work on July 5, ’16. This is done to grow bigger and more delicious apples by removing irregular fruit from the tree. 

 

We were permitted to experience some of this process in the orchard, but of course we were far behind in speed. Note that they are deciding which fruit to pick in an instant.

 

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Furthermore, during sorting-out they remove only the fruit, leaving the stem behind. The skilled growers perfectly determine the fruit to be saved and carefully leave the stem, all within just a moment.

 

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We found many discarded apples on the ground and almost tripped and fell. There even exists a special word for this kind of fall, called “ringo guruma.”

 

 

he operation doesn’t end here. When the fruit get big enough, they proceed to the final sorting-out. And bagging, removing leaves, and fruit-rotating follow in the course of farming. Apples in Aomori are grown to be bigger and more delicious by the special care given by these skillful farmers.

 

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Apple University is a virtual university where you can learn many things about apples in a fun way. ⇒ Click here to go to the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delivering the second volume of “We, the Ringobito.”

We now proudly present to you the second volume.

 

Having lived in the Tsugaru area and been involved in apples in various ways, they are the people to be handed down to the next generation.  Here, their true stories are told.

The second “Ringobito” is Mr. Tsuneo Kitae, the chairperson of Kitae Apple Co. Ltd., an apple trader.

We are proud to present his story in two volumes.  Please enjoy the first volume now.

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There’s a man with the solid belief that this business is his calling.  This man, who lived through a turbulent period and headed to the north without any of his belongings, built a generation after overcoming many obstacles.  The eyes of this man who has loved and been loved by apples still glisten at present.   Read more…

 

For the first volume, please click here. ⇒ http://www.ringodaigaku.com/english/play/stick/stick_no02a_english.html

 

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Apple University is a virtual university where you can learn many things about apples in a fun way. ⇒ Click here to go to the site.

 

 

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