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Apples at Home
When stored correctly,
Nova Scotia apples will stay crisp and crunchy at home.
Some tips to
help keep 'em crunchy:
- Handle with
care to prevent bruising.
- Don't wash
apples until you are ready to use them.
- Store plastic
bags of apples in the refrigerator. This prevents decay,
slows down ripening and helps maintain juiciness. Apples
soften 10 times faster at room temperature.
- Store baskets
of apples in a cool, dark, well-ventilated room (0-4 C
or 32-40 F). Cover with perforated plastic to prevent
- As apples
mature, they produce ethylene gas. You can use an apple
to help ripen pears, bananas, peaches and plums - simply
put an apple in a paper bag with these fruits.
- Because ethylene
gas can damage them, don't store apples with cucumbers,
cole crops (i.e., broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower) or
leafy greens (such as lettuce and spinach).
- Don't store
bruised or damaged apples with other apples. They may
cause the other apples to break down.
- If apples
begin to get soft - MAKE APPLESAUCE!
- See our Recipes
section for more ideas.