A small tray of
apricots are around 4.00 dollars in the super market. Needless to say when
the apricots started falling like rain we were under the tree picking them
up. They hit the ground with a force which always bruised them. We had to
pick each one up individually and they weren't very clean since they fell
in the dirt under the tree.
Rod came up with this idea. It is a great time saver. You can see
from the picture the fruit rolls to the center of the tarpoleun. It is
just a matter of scooping them up with a bucket. The tarp kept them from
hitting hard on the ground and bruising was kept to a mininum.
The tarps were hooked
on the end of a stake he drove into the ground. With a long screw in the
end of the stake the tarp is stretched under the tree.
Because the apricots
are fully ripe they are much easier to clean and they do have a taste that
is so delicious. The skin can be slipped off simply by pinching the
apricot in three fingers. Because the fruit is fully ripened it has a
wonderful flavor. I have not seen a single worm in the bunch, either. I
do like to leave skins in some things: like marmalade.
Maybe, I will try the
apple tree next with the tarps to catch some of their apples.