Apple season is upon us, and nothing says Fall like going to an apple orchard to pick a fresh one with family or friends! According to Agriculture Marketing Resource Center, Ohio is a top 10 producer of apples in the United States, growing around 50 varieties of apples. There are many great apple orchards throughout Ohio where you can pick your own apples or stop by a farm stand or farmers market to enjoy fresh, local, and delicious Ohio apples. Read on to learn more about the health benefits of apples and how to safely store them until it’s time to eat them.
Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the United States. They are a great source:
- Vitamin C
- Fiber when you consume the skin.
A raw medium (3-inch) apple is about 95 calories, which makes it a healthy snack.
Choose apples that are:
- Free of bruises, pitting, decay, or insect damage.
- Well colored.
- Ground color is the color near the stem. An apple that is ripe and mature will have a more yellow tone verse a younger apple will be greener.
There are a variety of available apples in Ohio to serve everyone’s tastes.
- Slightly tart or spicy, an all-purpose apple
- Sweet best fresh or excellent for baking
- Very sweet, best fresh
- Golden Delicious
- Sweet, excellent fresh or for baking
- Granny Smith
- Tart, excellent for baking
- Sweet, excellent for baking
- Mildly tart, best fresh or for sauce
- Red Delicious
- Sweet, excellent fresh
How to store them until eaten or used:
- In the fridge for 4-6 weeks
- Rinse with cool water before eating