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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Stor­ing ap­ples and pears YOU should be har­vest­ing the first of your ap­ples and pears now, but they will need to be stored prop­erly if you want them to last. Al­ways use any blem­ished fruit straight away, as this will be the first to go off. Mid-sea­son ap­ples can be kept a few weeks and late ones should last for months. Ideally, use a se­ries of stack­ing trays with plenty of ven­ti­la­tion, wrap­ping each fruit in news­pa­per and plac­ing them folded side down in the tray.

Al­ter­na­tively, use clear poly­thene bags per­fo­rated with small air holes.

Pears are best stored in slat­ted trays and shouldn’t be wrapped. The at­mos­phere should be around 7C (45F) for pears and slightly lower for ap­ples.

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