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  News   |     18-01-2019   -     Editorial team

How should apples be stored to remain fresh? Let's find out!

Almost everybody has more than one at home but just a few people know what an apple needs. The apple needs to be stored properly in order to remain fresh and edible for a longer period of time. Here are the most important tips on how to store apples.

Still and quiet, on a decorative plate among other fruits and at room temperature: this is how most apples are stored in our homes. And that won’t be a problem if we are going to eat them in just one or two days. However, storing them this way for a longer period of time could cause issues. Those who have picked more than just a few apples from the tree in their garden or bought a larger amount and want to store their apples at home, should consider a few basic things.

Keep your eyes open if you buy or pick them

The topic of self-sufficiency has long been more than just an eco-trend of our time – more and more people have become aware of the importance of optimal utilisation of raw materials and resources and are tempted to live in a more sustainable way. This also means to properly harvest and store food that thrives in your own garden to keep them edible for as much time as possible. Therefore, those who are lucky enough to have an apple tree in their garden should pick them during the right period.

The harvest time can vary according to the apple’s variety but in principle:

  • Apples are best harvested on mild and dry days.
  • Apples should not be shaken from the tree instead they should be picked carefully one after the other – every apple should be placed gently in a fruit crate that is airy and not too deep, in order to alleviate the pressure on the apples at the bottom.
  • Apples with bruises or worm infestation are not suitable for storage because they are susceptible to decay fungi and other storage diseases.

This does not only apply to your own apples from the garden, but also for those that are going to be sold in supermarkets or farms. When we buy apples, we should always watch out forpossible defects such as damages on the surface, rotten spots or wormholes.

The right environment

The apple loves it cold but does not want to freeze!

The apple absolutely hates warm temperatures. It prefers to be stored in cool rooms with as much air humidity as possible such as basements, garages or even garden sheds that are protected from the sunlight. The apple starts to shrink and loses some of its water content if the environment is too dry. The consequences are that the skin becomes wrinkled and the pulp develops a weird texture. To avoid this it needs water: just placing a few bowls filled with water in the room increases air humidity. Furthermore, apples should be dried before storage. However, the apples should not be rubbed dry because their natural waxy coating will get damaged.

All Alone

Apples like to stay among themselves and should not be close to other fruit varieties. Due to the ripening gas ethylene, the apple should be stored apart from other fruits. The ripening gas accelerates the ripening of other fruits and therefore shortens their storage life. Even if apples are stored among other apples it is important to dispel ethylene periodically by weekly airing the room where they are stored.

If you pay attention to these basic rules, storing the apples should not present any difficulties and our apples will be enjoyable for a longer period of time.

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