Six Tips for Picking and Storing Apples

English: food , fruit , fruits , apple , apples

This crisp Fall air brings with it the wonderful smell and taste of fresh picked apples.

Here are six tips for picking and storing apples:

  • Twist or turn the apple from the branch. If you pull it, the buds next to it will break off and not bear fruit next year.
  • Don’t rely on redness as a guide to flavor.  Apples come in all shades of reds, yellows and greens. Choose clear colored apples. Often those with an intense green undercast or undertone are not completely ripe. Those with a dull yellowish-green undercast may be too ripe.
  • Choose apples that are free from bruises, blemishes and skin breaks. They should be firm with no soft spots or bruises.
  • When apples are thumped lightly with the knuckle, they should sound hollow, but not dull. Their smell should be flowery and aromatic.
  • For crisp, juicy apples, store in their plastic bag in the crisper part of the refrigerator, at 30 to 32 degrees. The freezing point of apples, which is damaging to the fruit, is about 28 or 29 degrees.
  • Wash just before using, as their protective coating helps keep them from becoming dehydrated and bruised.

Apples are best when at their freshest. Orchards and roadside stands are overflowing with their best products of the season.  This is the ideal time to visit apple orchards, stands, and produce centers, and savor the delectable fruits of the harvest.

I’ll be at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure in Nebraska City, Nebraska this week-end, September 22. Hope to see you there!

Best to you and your family,

Lee Jackson
author of From the Apple Orchard – Favorite Recipes for Apple Lovers and
Apples, Apples Everywhere – Favorite Recipes from America’s Orchards

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