How to warp fruit?
August 4, 2014 7:17 AM Subscribe
I am looking for tried-and-tested methods for shaping fruit on the branch. What have you tried that has worked?
We have custody of a neglected allotment with a few mature fruit trees - quince, pear and apple. I'd like to try forcing some into shapes, in bottles, etc., and "printing" letters onto the skins. Googling brings up lots of finshed examples, cubic Japanese watermelons, and so on, but no detailed how-tos.
The basics seem straightforward - stick the tip of the branch into a bottle and bind it on, tie a wooden box in place, mark letters on the fruit with ?tape? but as we're in a rainy, cool climate, and can only visit the trees once a week, I want to make sure and avoid damage, mold, mildew etc. Do I use glass or plastic bottles? Will a growing pear start to rot where it hits wood? Do elastic bands work?
Has anybody got direct experience doing this with either fruit or veggies?