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Cooking with Extension: Arkansas Fresh Series-Apples
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by JoAnn Vann | Adapted for Blog by Katie Frizzell
Apples ripen and are available fresh August through October in Arkansas. Apples are a versatile fruit that can be used in pies, muffins, cakes, salads, or eaten fresh.
Peeled and/or cored apples brown quickly, so to prevent this, dip apples in 1 quart
of water with 3 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or 3 crushed 500 mg vitamin C tablets or use a commercial ascorbic acid mixture. Apples treated by this method will retain their color for about 3 hours at room temperature without affecting the flavor.
Apples varieties come in multiple colors from streaked red to yellow to green. Each has its own characteristics and is better suited for some applications
than others. If you are trying to decide which variety to select, here are some tips:
Select apples that are blemish fresh with no cuts, breaks or bruising of the skin.
Apples with blemishes will deteriorate quickly. As a general rule, unrefrigerated apples will retain their quality for about 1 week. Apples stored in the humidifier
compartment of the refrigerator in an unsealed plastic bag may retain their quality for one month.
Download the AR Fresh Apples fact sheet for recipes and more information.
Check out our Quarantine Kitchen recipe featuring apples.
Want to learn which varieties grow well in Arkansas and start your own orchard? Check
out our home fruit production resources.