Cultivation & harvest

 

Life awakens – the apple cycle begins

When the winter months begin, our growers spray the branches of the apple trees as it turns cold. This produces a layer of ice which protects the delicate twigs against even cooler temperatures. This ensures that even the coldest temperatures cannot harm the trees and they can start budding as soon as possible.

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Pollination

It’s not just bees that take care of this vital process. Bumblebees begin to be active at 8 degrees, whereas other bees become active at 14 degrees. This is why we have an increased reliance on bumblebees as well as other bees. This is enormously important for the early pollination of the blossoms

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Ripening process

Lake Constance has a Mediterranean climate and, with around 1,700 hours of sunshine a year, is one of Germany’s sunniest regions. During ripening, our growers constantly monitor key parameters with random samples in order to determine and control the optimal harvesting time.

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Harvest

The harvest season gets under way at the start of August with the early Lake Constance apples. It finishes at the end of October with apples suitable for storage, one of which is the Braeburn variety. Our wide range of varieties and the long shelf life of the varieties for storage ensure a steady supply of fresh apples from Lake Constance all year round.

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Storage & transport

If apples are to arrive with customers as if freshly plucked from the branch, an unbroken cool chain needs to be in place. SALEM-Frucht supplies freshness and quality all twelve months of the year. Ten ramps transport the goods directly from the picking warehouse for loading onto refrigerated trains, and the fruit thus reaches German and European food retailers by direct route. SALEM-Frucht GmbH has been awarded the IFS, BRC and QS certificates as evidence of its high quality standards.

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