[nafex] how to tell if apples are ripe?

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Sun Aug 26 17:43:44 EDT 2012

I have a Jonathan apple tree with about 2 dozen large apples hanging from it. This is a very unusual occurrence, as squirrels have removed all the fruit by mid-August in every recent year.

How can I tell when to pick them? Probably I should pick some now, even if they aren't fully ripe, just to get some apples. You never know what critter will take an interest in the tree tomorrow, after all.

eastern MA, zone 6

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