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    farmerjon is offline Germinator
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    Default Fallen Apples?

    Hey all!

    I'm new to the forum, and new to the country. I was out having a lovely walk through a forest the other day, and stumbled upon a very large windfall of small 2-3in apples. I was wondering three things (please do be honest with me! I don't want to step on toes here)

    1. If these apples are just sitting there (now in January) can I gather some of them up? I know in California we have some free fruit etiquette which is generally if it is fallen on public places go for it.

    2. Are these apples safe to eat if they have been on the ground for a long time? Some of them have been eaten by insects/animals, but many are completely unblemished, or just have a couple spots. Could I cut the spots out and still use them? I don't want to poison the family.

    3. And lastly, could I make cider with these apples?!

    Excited about the possibility.

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    Hi farmerjon and welcome to the vine. For the legalities check the theft act 1968, but basically it's fine to pick up windfalls, pick blackberries, sloes, wild garlic etc. The main things are that it's for personal use not commercial, & that you obey any bye - laws put in place by landowners or local authorities (there should be signs in place if this is the case). Usual thing about leaving some of what you're collecting behind & not digging up whole plants.

    As to whether the apples will be ok, I should think so (someone else will be along in a bit to confirm /refute this) If they're crab apples or seedlings taste on first - often quite/very bitter, but good for cooking/jam making.

    Bit of a change from California I should think?
    Last edited by happyhumph; 17-01-2017 at 07:02 PM. Reason: spelling, & this doesn't constitute legal advice! !
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    burnie is offline Veggie gardener
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    You could make wine with them

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    farmerjon is offline Germinator
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    Thanks for the input. I didn't end up going and collecting the fallen apples, but I am glad to know that it is acceptable to forage in a decent and respectful way. Really looking forward to spring and all that that brings. The wild garlic and blackberries especially!
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    Mrs Bee is offline Rooter
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    You could have made apple jellies with them. I turn small windfalls and crab apple into apple and vanilla, or apple and cider or add a little vinegar to the jellies and use herbs, sage or rosemary, or mint, or bay, or thyme.

    These make excellent accompaniments to roast meats or as a glaze for BBQ meats.

    Welcome to the UK.

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    You'll have to wait a bit longer for the blackberries bit wild garlic is amazing - just don't ever be tempted to plant it in your garden/lottie - it's rampant & will take over!

    Mmmm - wild garlic pesto, wild garlic flowers with gyozo, wild garlic soup.........
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    Hi Jon and welcome. This thread may interest you http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...day_67434.html
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    Got loads of windfall apples but they are very sour this year...can these be used in chutney?

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