[NAFEX] Apple flavor

Dennis Norton dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Mon Apr 3 14:58:15 EDT 2006

All the apples you purchase in the supermarket have come from storage of 
some type.  And with over 2 million bushels in storage as an average going 
into each new season, even some of the apples you get in the supermarket are 
last years apples.  There is nothing better than a fresh orchard picked 
apple for flavor and crispness.
The best time to purchase is from a local grower during the apple's 
harvesting period.  If you go to http://www.acnursery.com/acn_apple.php 
there is a pretty good ripening schedule that covers many varieties.  At 
Royal Oak Farm Orchard, we do not store apples beyond December due to their 
breaking down and becoming soft.  Most commercial growers use CA storage 
(Controlled Atmospheric Storage) and can store some varieites up to 12 
months.  This is what you get in the supermarket.

  Dennis Norton
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rodney" <reveland at collinscom.net>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2006 2:58 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] Apple flavor

>I came across this website that judges various apples for eating, baking, 
> http://www.apple-works.com/perfect.html
> Under the section Apple Tips it says: All apples continue to ripen on 
> storage and become, sweeter, though proper
> refrigeration slows this process.
> If this is true would it be best to wait until spring to purchase apples 
> such as Fuji and Gold Rush if you don't care for tart apples? It almost 
> sounds like apples that have been in storage for a few months have a very 
> different taste than those fresh off the tree. For some reason this never 
> really occured to me. Last winter I preferred Gala as the best supermarket 
> apple for me.

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