Let’s Go Picking!

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It’s apple harvest season, and the season isn’t complete without a day at the apple orchard. Whether eating them fresh off the tree, snacking on cider donuts, or indulging in cider slushes, it’s time to enjoy the freshest haul of fall.

Apple Varieties You’ll Find at Local Orchards!

  • Gala
  • Jonathan
  • Fuji
  • Pink Lady
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Jonagold

Smart Storage

So you went overboard and brought home more apples than you know what to do with. Here’s how to add a few months to the life of your haul.  

  • Keep your apples in a dark, cool place, such as an unheated basement or garage.
  • Wrap your apples loosely in paper, misting the paper regularly if your home is dry.
  • Freeze them to gain a 6 month life. Toss cut apple in lemon juice and flash freeze overnight. Use in recipes that call for cooked apples.

Did You Know?

Though Apple Pie isn’t American, it is one of our favorite pie choices!

Apples by the #’s

  • 1 Gallon of Cider is about 36 apples.
  • 25% Air is what makes apples float.
  • 10x Faster ripening at room temperature than when refrigerated.
  • 0 Grams of fat or sodium and cholesterol free.
  • 80 Calorie Count per apple.
  • 10 Seeds are typically found in an apple.
  • 1 Peck is about 10.5 lbs or 11 apples.
  • 65 Apples consumed yearly by the average person.

3 Favorite Varieties For…

Sweet Flavored that are Best to Munch On… Pink Lady, Fuji, Honeycrisp

Crisp, Firm and Can Stand Up to Heat are Best to Bake With… Braeburn, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious 

Softer Varieties Are Tops for Apple Butter… Fuji, McIntosh, Jonagold

Thick Skins Store Better… Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Red Delicious

Where to Pick

Writer Dave Eckert visited some local orchards, learn about his finds in our Indulgences article.

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