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Sun 18 Nov 2018: Big Apple Take-Away

This event is in the past.

2.30pm on the Playing Close every other Sunday afternoon from September through to November. All welcome, please come along and help yourself to FREE fruit.

9th & 23rd September, 7th & 21st October, 4th & 18th November

This year we expect to have over 50 varieties of apple, also plums, grapes, pears, quinces, and medlars. This week, now we are into the late season, we won't have so many apples as in October, but there are still several different varieties and also lots and lots of wonderful QUINCES which can be used to make QUINCE JAM and lots of OTHER QUINCE RECIPES. There will also be MEDLARS which will need bletting before making MEDLAR JELLY OR CHUTNEY.

If you have spare apples (or grapes, plums, pears, quinces and medlars) for picking and you'd like them to be given away free at these events throughout the autumn, please contact sharecroppers@charlburygreeenhub.org.uk or 01608-811057 - we pick fruit from within an 8 mile radius from Charlbury. Enormous thanks to everyone who offers their surplus fruit for picking and redistribution every year rather than see it wasted - we couldn't do this without your generosity.

In 2017, Charlbury Sharecroppers' received the OCVA Environmental Award from the Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action organisation at Oxford Town Hall. This is county-wide recognition that what we are doing in Charlbury is a really good model for other communities to follow.

2018 is Charlbury Sharecroppers' 11th year - last year we redistributed about 2 tonnes of apples, do you remember your favourite varieties and when they were available? The fruit is given away FREE and you can take it for eating fresh, cooking, or storing.

When to eat apples and pears?

Early season apples don't store well fresh and need eating or cooking straight away but varieties that ripen in October will store for several weeks, keep them in the salad draw in your fridge or in a cold garage - perforated plastic bags are good to stop russets shrivelling. Pears need to be stored in fridge and brought out a few at a time to room temperature for a few days until they are soft enough to eat - test by pressing the neck or if gentle pressure of thumb nail goes through the skin - then they will be divine - an unripe crunchy pear is such a wasted opportunity!

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