SEPTEMBER FROSTS - HOW TO SAVE THE HARVEST?
Recently, the climate has begun to change dramatically - already in September, night frosts can suddenly appear.
But what about the harvest, which has not yet been harvested?
Even after a slight frost, the berries become watery, lose their taste and aroma. There are three options for what to do with frozen raspberries.
Eat. It is not worth storing berries for more than a day; they are falling apart right before your eyes. Of course, after a frost, raspberries are not so tasty and fragrant, but they are quite edible.
Process for jam. Again, the smell will not be the same, but the preservation will turn out delicious.
To freeze. Even such raspberries in winter are useful for compote or as a filling for pies.
Try to harvest the entire crop before the air temperature drops below +8 degrees. Frozen pears become soft, tasteless, lose their flavor. Let them go for processing, after cutting off the frozen parts.
Frost-beaten apples do not keep for a long time. In addition, the flesh becomes "cottony", and the taste changes (for example, sour varieties acquire a sweetish aftertaste). Immediately prepare compote or jam from such fruits. And don't forget to bake the charlottes!
Hawthorn, sea buckthorn
Frozen hawthorn fruits darken and are not stored. Sea buckthorn becomes soft - its cells burst, and the juice flows into the fruit. Quickly freeze the surviving crop or squeeze the juice out of it.
Rowan, chokeberry, viburnum, wild rose
These plants, like their fruits, are not afraid of the cold. Kalina will only become sweeter (it is just harvested after the first frost).
TIP: WITH THE COMING OF AUTUMN, CAREFULLY FOLLOW THE WEATHER FORECAST. IF FORECASTERS PROMISE NIGHT FROSTS. DO NOT BE LAZY TO REMOVE AT LEAST PART OF THE HARVEST.
September frosts and help for grapes on video
© Author: Nikolai CHROMOV, Cand. of sciences
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