The orchard in November
With the month of November, the autumn is fully entered; the days are shorter, the rain more frequent and the persistent humidity. Frosts can already occur in northern and inland areas; only on the coasts or in the far south is the climate still relatively mild.
Those who dedicate themselves to the orchard know that in this period the harvesting and irrigation operations are considerably reduced; it becomes fundamental to organize the year to come and to preserve the accumulated food in the best possible way.
What is collected in November? How to store the product?
The November harvest may still be rich, but less varied than in previous months. In the North and in the internal areas, kiwis, khaki, chestnuts, medlars, some varieties of table grapes and figs mature. In the milder climate areas, however, it is time to proceed with the collection of olives from the mill and many citrus fruits begin to be available.
In the storage rooms in the previous months we will have accumulated fruits and vegetables capable of maintaining themselves throughout the winter (in particular some varieties of apples and pears). They should be checked at least every 3 days, immediately consuming those which have reached maturity or which are damaged. If we have enough space we can arrange the food on tables, well spaced and with the stalk down.