Hail marks haven’t affected fruit quality

Trevallie Orchards, Angaston are experiencing the affects of last year’s hail storm with the skin on their apples and pears
having minor superficial marks.

But for Sheralee Menz, of Trevallie Orchards, the extent of the affected fruit is “about what was predicted” with the orchard being closely monitored and managed.

“We knew from the minute we saw the storm on the weather radar what the outcome was likely to be,” said Sheralee.

“We’ve been planning our stock management in the lead up to harvest, so it has all gone very smoothly and has been picked and stored as usual.”

Sheralee said there’s no affect to the integrity or taste of the fruit and every year presents seasonal challenges and this season is no different.

“We are proud of the flavour that our tree-ripened fruit delivers, and our customers tell us constantly that they love the flavour in our ‘real’ apples, so we are just going to keep encouraging people to buy on taste and growing integrity rather than looks,” said Sheralee.

“The funny thing about nature is that there is always a natural compensation of some kind.  

“When its not ideal in one respect, its always brilliant in another.  

“The cool, wet spring that we had in 2017 meant the development of the fruit was slow and controlled, notwithstanding hail storms.  

“When fruit is allowed to grow and ripen slowly it develops much greater depth of flavour.  

“So while some of the fruit has superficial marks, the flavour in this year’s crop is fantastic.  

“The pears in particular are beautiful – really sweet and juicy.”

The Apple and Pear Grower’s Association of South Australia last week launched a hailstone hero campaign, encouraging shoppers to support growers and purchase fruit which was marked by hail.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.
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