Apple pressing went ahead in the tranquil Peace Garden of the Quaker Meeting House in Wellington last weekend and much as the weather has nurtured our fruit harvests this year it extended its benevolence and provided a glorious autumn day for the event.
The pressing of apples is a relatively simple affair; the unpeeled fruit is first quartered – any bad bits are better discarded but a little bruising apparently makes a sweeter juice – then placed in a crusher and with several turns of a wheel the apples are pulped and ready for the press. The crusher is removed and the press ready for action.
Two presses were kindly loaned for the occasion and several gallons of juice were collected. The discarded pulp was bagged up and destined to provide fodder for pigs.
Report & photos: Carla Bao