Possibly the most familiar fruit, the apple comes in over 7,000 varieties grown for different purposes across the world, though only 100 of these varieties are grown commercially in the United States. Apples start showing up in the Abundant Harvest Organics produce boxes in fall and carry on through the winter.
The best use for an apple depends on the variety, as flavors can range from sweet to tart to a mixture of both. Eat them fresh, add to salads, or use them in baked goods. See the variety listing below for suggestions for each variety that appears in the AHO produce box.
Apples are traditionally a storage crop. They will keep well in the crisper drawer of your fridge, in a green produce bag, or in an unsealed plastic bag in the fridge for six to eight weeks.
Most apples (with the exception of Fuji and Granny Smith) release a lot of ethylene gas, and even more so when bruised or browning. This natural gas quickens the ripening process for surrounding fruits and can affect some veggies as well. Keep bruised apples away from others and away from other foods that can be affected by ethylene gas.
Freezing: Freeze apples whole or core, peel, slice and freeze; or, core and slice (and peel if you want) then dip in lemon juice or salt water before putting them in a bag in the freezer—this won’t affect their taste and will prevent browning over time.
Several apple varieties find their way to the AHO produce boxes each year. Find out more about each variety here.