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Keeping 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 shriveling.
  • 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.