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Keep your apples chilled for the best quality fruit.

With hot summer temperatures expected for the next few months, here are some tips from Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing’s Quality Assurance Manager, Henk Griessel for how to keep your fruit fresh for longer.

“Keep apples and pears cool. They soften 10 times faster at room temperature than in the fridge. Ideally, store your apples and pears in a plastic bag in the fridge to keep them away from other foods. This will help to prevent the fruit from absorbing other tastes and odours and delay the impact of other ripening foods in your fridge”.

Griessel explains that correctly cared for fruit will also supply your body with the most vitamins, minerals and fibres that it can. “Think of it as a small investment: the care you give your fruit after buying it and before you eat it will ensure the fruit can give you the most it possibly can. Other than the health benefits of fresh fruit, over-ripe fruit can easily be avoided,” he says adding that treating fruit as a living organism will help one remember to be gentle with it to avoid bruising. “A squeeze of lemon, a little vinegar diluted in water or diluted honey will help prevent cut apples from going brown – a natural response to oxidisation.” he ends.

There should never be a reason for throwing food away. Overripe apples or pears are perfect for making chutney and if you make your chutney in January or February it will be a sensational Christmas stocking filler for 2019. Here’s a favourite recipe created for Tru-Cape by chef Luke Dale-Roberts.

Makes 8-12 small jars.

10 assorted Tru-Cape apples (peeled and diced)

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp ginger powder

4 star anise

8 cloves

1 thumb ginger finely diced

150 ml white wine vinegar

250 ml white wine

200 gr brown sugar

130 gr raisins

 

Peel and dice all apples to .5 cm dice

Mix all the spices with the apples

Put wine, vinegar and sugar in a saucepan and boil to light syrup

Add apples and spices to syrup and stir well

Cook slowly for 1.5-2 hrs or until thickened

Cool, jar in sterilised containers and store until needed.

 

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