How to store apples
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It’s great when your apple trees give you a bountiful harvest, but what to do with all that extra fruit as there’s only so much you can eat now and stew for later? Storing it carefully away can give you fresh apples for the months ahead.
Store apples in a place that is cool, with an even temperature of 2.7 - 7°C, frost free, well-ventilated, dark, slightly humid and free from mice
Choose containers such as crates, slatted shelves or shallow wooden boxes
Select blemish-free, medium-sized fruits, ideally with their stalks intact
Lay fruits in a single layer making sure that they don't touch each other
Place fruit carefully so as to avoid bruising. Apples can be stacked on top of each other if you are using a container with open-slatted sides
Check your stored fruit regularly
Remove ripe fruit from storage promptly as gasses released may speed up the ripening of remaining fruit
Discard any fruit that show signs of rot to prevent disease spreading
- The ideal container will allow good air movement through the sides and over the top
- Keep fruit away from strong scents that may taint them such as paint, fertilisers and onions