Lousy summer weather boosts Danish apple harvest – The Post

Lousy summer weather boosts Danish apple harvest

Frostless spring, July rain and September sun combine to produce beautiful, big fruit

A banner year (photo: Paolo Neo)
October 10th, 2016 4:57 pm| by Ray W

There’s nothing more soul-crushing that sitting inside watching the cold rain pour down during the holiday season in July and then watching the sun return at the resumption of work or school, but perhaps the Danes can take a bit of solace in the sweet, juicy apples this year’s odd weather has produced

Apples throughout Denmark are exceptionally large and sweet this year.

Perfect conditions
“It was a very fine spring with beautiful blooms and no frost, and the miserable holiday weather that followed was perfect for apples,” Jan Jager, the chair of the Danish apple and pear growers’ association, who also has orchards on Funen, told Metroxpress.

“The heat and bright sunshine in September also helped to produce healthy apples with a high sugar content.”

Consumption gap
Jager said the extra large and beautiful apples will allow a harvest of 10-15 extra tonnes per hectare.

Danish farmers tend to produce only about 25,000 tonnes of apples per year, and the total consumption in Denmark is about 100,000 tonnes annually.