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Q. What is the difference between cold storage and controlled

atmosphere storage as marked on apple packaging?
A. Cold storage apples are placed in refrigerated rooms (0°C) with a humidity of 85% or higher. Low temperatures, slow respiration, and high humidity prevent moisture evaporation. Canadian cold storage apples are available during the fall and early winter months. Controlled atmosphere (CA) storage combines airtight refrigeration from 0°C to 5°C with reduced oxygen supply and increased levels of carbon dioxide to retard ripening. Controlled atmosphere apples are available during the winter and through into the summer months, and they retain virtually all of their harvest crispness and flavour.

Q. How should apples be stored?
A. To retain a crisp, juicy texture and full flavour, apples should be refrigerated in the crisper drawer in a perforated plastic bag.

Q. Why are Nova Scotia apples a more brilliant red than those of other climates?
A. Our Nova Scotia climate, with its sunny fall days and cool nights, is particularly well suited to producing a brilliant red apple.

Q. Why is it important to purchase graded apples?
A. Graded apples insure certain qualities particular to the grade indicated. Canada Fancy is particularly well suited for eating. The Canada Commercial, or "C," grade is an ideal choice for cooking purposes, since the skin is usually removed and the apple cut up.

Q. How can browning be prevented when slicing apples for salads or fruit compotes?
A. Dip slices in diluted lemon juice or apple juice, or use Cortland apples, which stay white when cut.

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