Akinori Kimura’s Miracle Apples


Akinori Kimura’s Miracle Apples

For many years it was thought that using large amounts of pesticides and fertilisers was necessary to grow apple trees that bear tasty apples. However, in 1978 farmer Akinori Kimura decided to grow apples without chemicals after his wife suffered painful skin irritation caused by pesticide spray. For nearly eleven years, he tended to his 800 apple trees using pesticide-free cultivation methods, but the trees didn’t bear fruit. Since there was no pesticide being used, insects such as caterpillars piled up on the trees, which Kimura had to remove one by one. He also talked to the trees regularly, apologising for the insects and asking them not to die. Kimura never gave up on his belief that apples could be grown without pesticides. This was because the wild trees in the mountains had not been treated with pesticides, and despite the presence of many insects, many of them were still healthy and producing fruit. Eventually, his determination paid off and all his trees produced apples, apart from 82 which died. These 82 trees were around the border of the orchard, he hadn’t talked to these trees because it would have been visible to his neighbours. Akinori Kimura also found that planting soybeans in the soil made it more nitrogen-rich, which helped the apple trees to blossom and bear fruit.

The fact that Kimura had finally succeeded in growing apples without pesticides or fertilisers soon became known throughout Japan, and orders for the apples poured in. For many of those who bought the apples, it was the first truly organic apple they had ever tasted. As such, Kimura’s apples were named ‘Miracle Apples’. 



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