How to Buy Apples

How to choose and buy the best and most delicious apples plus tips on storing them that will keep them fresh for up to 6 months. 

Choosing the perfect apple is pretty darn easy as far as produce selection goes. Unless you’re Snow White, you got this. Seriously, you have to try to pick a bad apple.

However, there are a few things to be on the lookout for.

They are grown in all states with California being the 5th largest producer and 2nd largest exporter. California’s harvest is from July to October and we produce four main varieties: Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Cripps Pink.

Buying Perfect Apples

Below are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect apple. Keep in mind, with so many varieties available, what kind of apple you are buying does come into play. Here are a few general things to keep in mind.

The Fruit

Begin with apples that feel slightly heavy for their size. This makes for a juicy apple. You also want to gently squeeze the apples all over. You want the apple to be firm. There should be no soft spots.

The Skin

Some markings on the fruit are common and don’t mean the apple is bad. There should be no obvious signs of decay or insect holes. The skin should be taught.

Color is a great indicator of apples. The skin should be vibrant. However, this takes a bit of getting to know your favorite varietals, as all immature apples start out green.

The Smell

Fresh, high-quality apples are fragrant and pleasant. This also varies by variety, but Gala’s, for example, are quite fragrant. If it smells bad, don’t buy it!

How to Store Apples

Apples love being cold, so they are best stored in the fridge. Apples like humidity, so keeping them in a bag is best but don’t seal it. Apples are sensitive to ethylene gas and also emit a lot themselves. Allowing some airflow keeps them fresher longer. Stored this way, they can keep for up to 6 months.