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Apple Harvest & Processing – Making Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: Video

Beautiful red tree-ripened apples ready for processing into CoralTree Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Autumn in New Zealand is time for picking the ripe organic apples. The apples are taken directly to Coral tree from the orchards to be juiced. These are the best tasting apples and have a high brix level.  

Freshly pressed apple juice is then left to be fermented to produce the best apple cider vinegar 


Hi, it’s Kim at CoralTree. Welcome back. We’re here at Apple Jack Orchards to harvest the apples and get them ready for the processing. Right at the moment, we’ve got these really cold nights and hot days; it’s the autumn time coming in. It’s what they call diurnal range, so when you get the cold nights and the hot days it’s triggering the apples to ripen, causing the coloring-up process as well as the sweetening process of the apples. At the moment, we’re still harvesting the early-season Royal Galas, but the Braeburns and Fujis are not very far away. We’ve been bringing them into the processing plant with the new machineries being set up now and working well with those early-season apples.

We’re still waiting for the later-season apples to start coming through and making sure that the machine is working really well with all of those, but we’re really impressed with everything that’s going so far. There’s some really nice fruit that’s coming through and in particular off one of the orchards, off the Apple Jack Orchard is some quite nice sweet fruit, so it’s got high brix levels. We’ve had that long, hot, dry summer, and it’s just really sweetened the fruit up and given some quite nice and tense fruit flavors.

What we are trying to do is get as many of the apples straight off the tree so that they are tree-ripened and then processing them as quickly as possible. As I mentioned in the earlier video, as soon as you pick something off the tree it’s removed from that life process and it’s starting to deteriorate. Although with apples you’ve still got a fairly large window of opportunity, you’ve got two or three weeks there to process their fruit, it’s nice to be able to process it straight off the tree and capture as much of that freshness as possible. It means then we can actually get the apples really, really ripe on the tree and be harvesting and juicing straight away so we’re getting that maximum fruity flavor coming through.

For me, it’s also part of that whole trying to understand the next stage that nature takes that fruit through. Nature is providing that fruit to the environment, but it’s also a built-in recycling process happening there, that nature will have those apples dropping off the tree and we’ll be naturally composting them back down into the environment anyhow. We are simply trying to take those apples at their premium time and bring those apples in through the processing plant and maximize that whole fermentation process that happens once those apples have been removed from the tree.

It’s looking like it’s going to be a good season. There’s good volumes around and it’s all happening, which is nice.

Video: Flowering & Diversity in the Organic Apple Orchard

An exclusive behind the scene look on how we manage to bottle sunshine and create the world’s best apple cider vinegar with the help of organically grown apples. The key components of our farming is based on biodynamic farming methods. It’s our innate philosophy that diversity results in resilience.

For more information on how we grow our delicious and world class apples plus information on CoralTree products do visit our YouTube Channel.

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Transcription

Hi. Welcome back. I’m Kim from CoralTree. We’re here on a small orchard block that’s on the outskirts of Otaki. I want to show you some of the diversity that’s happening here in our orchard. Come on through, and I’ll show you what’s going on. This time of year the apple trees are quite susceptible to a whole range of different problems. Normally the insect problems or fungal problems would be chemically controlled. We here have got the diversity of the animals through the system for a whole range of different reasons. It’s meat production, it’s egg production, but they’re also doing an incredible valuable asset to the orchard in helping to fertilize it and in particular in the next month or so helping the insect control here under the apple trees.

This is a Monty’s Surprise apple tree that we’ve got here growing. It’s one of the old Heritage variety of apples that we are trying to get that diversity back into the orchards. The Heritage apples will give us that resilience back again. We’ve got a lovely sunny day here today. The bees are out flying. They’re pollinating these flowers that are fully opened here. These are some flowers that petals have fallen, and the stamen have been pollinated. The key thing that nature is showing us is the diversity that she constantly produces. Each one of those little stamen are going to develop into a completely unique plant variety.

This is an old Monty’s Surprise that I’ve just kept in the chiller from last season, just to see how long it’s going to last. I’m just interested to see what it’s texture is still like. It’s obviously starting to deteriorate. This is one of the perks of being an organic grower. Just being able to see and observe nature’s formative processes happening, the 5 petals, the flower is still here in the flesh of the apple.

Thank you for watching. If you want any more information on Monty’s Surprise, the Heritage apples we’re growing here, check out the website, CoralTree.co.nz and stay tuned. We’ll be doing another video with some apples growing on some of the other blocks and leave any comments below. Thanks.

Video: First Bud Break in the Organic Apple Orchard

The first in a series of videos that take you through growing the apples and producing the best Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. If you would like to see more of the behind-the-scenes action at CoralTree HQ, subscribe to the CoralTree YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook.

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Transcription

Hi. I’m Kim at CoralTree. This is the orchard, here, the home block. We have been making apple cider vinegar for the last 25 years. It’s a really exciting time of the year. The flowers are just coming through. I’d really like to show you some of the processes that are going on now and what makes apple cider vinegar so wonderful. Come along for the journey.

This is the apple block at CoralTree Orchard. The buds are only just starting to open up now. The green tip is starting to come through in a few places. These are a later flowering tree. I can’t see much flowering happening on this yet. The key is that this life process is starting to unfold. Here’s an old pruning from last season that has got no life-force left in it. It’s dead and it’s gone brittle. This is starting to move. Come on through the rest of the orchard and we will see if we can find some flowers.

This is a pear tree. We’ve got both apples and pears, here, on the home block. There’s not a lot of other apples that are flowering yet. This is an early flowering pear tree. It’s really going for it. The sap is rising. There’s lots of blossom just about to open and flowers that are open, ready to be pollinated. This life process that’s happening here is the critical bit that’s going on here. Just to try to give you some practical understanding of that life process, this grass here is all alive. When it’s put under stress, when it’s damaged, it will continue to heal itself. It’s trying to maintain that equilibrium and that growth process. The second that it’s cut off from the roots, it will no longer be able to heal itself. That’s going to continue to deteriorate. There’s no chance of it healing and maintaining its balance.

The apple tree is in that flow of life-giving properties. The energy is coming through and wanting to form those flowers, wanting to grow that fruit for us. That’s the energy, the balance process that I want to try and bring into my apple cider vinegar. That’s the important part that gives us that health-giving benefits. When our body is enabled to back to a balanced point, the PH balance is corrected, then the energy and the life force that we’ve got will maintain our health.

We’re at Baker’s acres property here. I just wanted to bring you here to show you the sheep that we’ve got grazing here on the property. Rather than mechanically mowing the orchard, we just try to integrate another aspect of the natural process, here, onto the orchard. It’s all these little things that we’re trying to do to build up that total energy into the apple cider vinegar, making the very, very best of every opportunity we’ve got.

Please, any comments that you’ve got … We’ll be running more videos over the next 6 months. Each month we’ll be coming through with a different stage of the orchard’s progress. So, any comments or questions you’ve got, leave them below. Visit the www.coraltree.co.nz website. Thanks for your time.