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Apple Starch Maturity Test

Creston McIntosh Starch Test This image is from the 1990’s when I was a Horticulturist for the BC Ministry of Agriculture based at Creston in the Kootenay area of BC. These are McIntosh apples, each row from a different orchard. Orchards in some areas of the valley (often those with sandy or gravelly soils) have more

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Some Apple Maturity Tests are Unreliable

There are many opinions about when is the best time to harvest your apples. If you only have one or two small trees and plan to eat the fruit soon after harvest determining the exact date when the fruit is fully mature is less important than it is if you have an acre or two

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