Are you uncertain if the apples are ripe? A good way to tell is by looking at the seeds. If they’ve turned brown the apple is ripe.
A lot for fruit is thrown away or rot away in Sweden. Äkta vara (literally ”genuine good”) has created Fruktförmedlingen (”The Fruit Agency”) so that the surplus fruit can come to use. On the map you can see where there’s fruit to be picked.
Every fall, thousands of tonnes of good apples rot away in Swedish gardens. At the same time a lot of people drive to the store to buy apples from across the world and drink a lot of imported orange juice instead of making their own apple must. To stop this waste Äkta Vara started the campaign Fallfrukt (fallen fruit) in 2012.
Facts on the wastage
- • 280 000 tonnes of apples yearly! That’s the estimate of the Swedish private cultivation. It’s about twice the amount of the national commercial cultivation of apples and the apple importsput together.
- • The commercial cultivators’ crop 2010 was 23 500 tonnes, which is a small number in comparison with the private cultivation.
- • As an example, the size of the import in 2006 was barely 108 000 tonnes of apples.
- • Apples are the most common fruit in Swedish gardens, followed by plums, cherries and pears.
Some of the ads in our map comes from fruktkartan.se, another fruit agency that Äkta Vara cooperates with.