Fruit for the cold months

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If han­dled care­fully and placed in the right en­vi­ron­ment, ap­ples from the gar­den may be stored for sev­eral weeks, or even months. Mid-sea­son ap­ples, such as ‘Cox’s Or­ange Pip­pin’, should keep for four to eight weeks. Late sea­son ap­ples, such as ‘Egre­mont Rus­set’, are not ready un­til they have been stored for four or five weeks. They can last sev­eral months. Be­fore stor­ing, the fruit is checked for bruises, cuts, bug dam­age and soft spots. Only per­fect fruit is suit­able for stor­age. The ap­ples are then sorted into small, medium and large. Large ap­ples do not store as well as small ones and should be eaten first. To max­imise their stor­age life, each ap­ple is wrapped in news­pa­per be­fore being placed in a box. If one ap­ple goes bad, the paper pre­vents the other ap­ples from com­ing into con­tact with it. The boxes of ap­ples are stored in a cool base­ment, garage, shed, fruit cel­lar or re­frig­er­a­tor. The ideal stor­age tem­per­a­ture is 0°C with 90 per cent hu­mid­ity. Ap­ples are likely to suf­fer freeze dam­age if the tem­per­a­ture dips be­low this and will ripen quickly if the tem­per­a­ture rises above 4°C. Reg­u­lar checks are made for signs of spoilage, with any rot­ten ap­ples being re­moved.

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