Don't let the height of your favourite fruit tree stand between you and a fresh apple, orange or other delicious treat. Bring the lofty prize right down to your hand with a DIY fruit picker.
It isn't much to look at, but this DIY fruit picker is quite effective at bringing hard-to-reach fruit right down to your hand. With some basic materials like a length of PVC pipe, a pole, and a razor, you'll have a mechanically simple but effective fruit picker. From the author of the Instructables tutorial:
This fruit picker was designed for oranges, but it works for other fruit also. The body of the picker holds several oranges before needing to be emptied. That speeds up the picking process when there are lots of fruit. The main feature of interest is the "J" shaped channel at the end of the pipe. One makes a spear-like thrust with the picker to get the fruit inside the pipe. The stem of the fruit follows through the "J" channel. A twist and pull of the picker put the stem at the end of the "J" slot, where a sharp razor blade cuts it. The fruit falls into the head of the picker.