Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table 

Tripoto
26th Jun 2016


From the normal tour diary, let me take you to another world & try to describe how the journey of apple takes place from its inception to your dining table.Very recently, I had the opportunity to witness the plucking, grading ; packing activity of Apple in an orchard. Thought came to me why not to share with all of you mainly through pictures.

If you see apple tree in winter, I am sure will not believe that same tree can provide you beautiful delicious apple in its peak season i.e. July to August.

Apple trees in the month of December

Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by Bhupender Singh

Apple tree in January, covered with fresh snow

Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by Bhupender Singh

Conventional method of spraying (in late 1980s) the nutrients on apple tree (one person pressing the

Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by Bhupender Singh

Apple tree being treated for root rot in December

Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by Bhupender Singh

Anti hail net” provided on trees to avoid the damage to apple due to hail.

Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by Bhupender Singh

Royal apple that you see in fruit market look like this in May

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Apple tree in June

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Pears (China & Moti dandi) at its peak in June

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Supports being provided on trees in the month of June, so that branches do not touch on ground, whic

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Apple crop at its peak

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Day 2

Little angel commencing the New apple plucking season.

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Apple plucking session ON..

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Gadgets used for plucking carrying apple to packing area

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Apples grading work in progress,Conventional Grading method (segregating apples of different sizes

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

One of the stage during packing (Royal Red golden variety apples shown in the pic).

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Day 3

Filled boxes being strapped for safe & hassle free transportation

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Ready for dispatch, storage of packed boxes ( a list of different sizes & variety has to be made

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Boxes loaded for sale in Apple Mandi (Shimla/Solan/Delhi)

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Day 4
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Modern technique of grading Apple through “Apple Grading Machine[ AGM]; slowly making inroads in rem

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Apple being placed on the launching platform of AGM by little ones as well

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

After automatic grading (sizing) packing is done more efficiently with optimal utilization of resources.

Off late, mechanized methods of grading is being preferred, not only to remove dust from the apple (green brush) but also improve shining with the help of Black brushes. Thereafter, belt takes the apple further & based upon the size of apples rollers allow (6 nos.), specific sizes of apple to pass through it. Thereby segregating different sizes of apples in 6 trays installed for the purpose. The largest apple goes to the last chamber through the rollers.

Mechanized grading not only makes them better presentable by improving its shine but also improves output due to better efficiency. Production increases by more than 3 fold with such machines, a major boost for on time delivery of fresh apples to the market.

From the apple markets called as “mandi” open auction takes place, from wheren apple boxes are sold to local retailer; from where you people buy these apples & ultimately reaches your dining table for you to relish it. This completes the journey of the apple from orchard onward.

In case you get an opportunity to witness this whole process, do plan to visit the orchards in Kullu, Shimla,Kinnaur & kashmir. You will certainly enjoy it & appreciate efforts put in by growers to make this fruit available to all of us.

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Extinct sparrow (Goriya) spotted in the orchard ,being fed with rice.

Photo of Journey of Apple from orchard to your Dinning table by Bhupender Singh

Hope I am able to pass on the personal experience to you along with some refreshing pictures. Start relishing the fresh apple now (already available in your neighborhood fruit shop) as per the famous advice “An apple a day keeps a doctor away”.

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