Apple Picking Tips & Tricks

Apple Picking in Pure Handknit

Sweater by Pure Handknit, Oceanfront Pullover

It is the time of year I enjoy most, and nothing kicks off Fall to me than going apple picking. The ceremony of this ritual is enhanced by having my little 5 year old son with me, which makes the excursion of apple picking even more delicious! Often getting dressed for apple picking coincides with the first of my fall outfit debuts.

Living on the East Coast there is a definite change of closet that happens, and by the time we pack up for the farm our closets have been completely overhauled with warm sweaters, long sleeves, and long pants. Gone are the sandals and in their place, closed-toe shoes and boots. With the excitement of wearing new comfy and cozy clothing, I head out to any one of the local family farms that have all kinds of activities for kids, corn mazes, hay rides, petting zoo – not to mention hot apple cider and cider donuts. Yes, this takes the better part of the day. We then set out to pick our apples and the hunt begins. I wanted to share my useful tips to scoring the best apples and how to care for them once you get them home. So you have good tasting apples for weeks to come.

Enjoy, and happy apple picking season! Apple Picking Tips –

  • Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples on the outside of the tree will ripen first.
  • Apples on the sunny side, usually the southern side, of the tree ripen first. So you got it, the southern, outside part of the tree is prime real estate for ripe apples.
  • This may sound obvious, but go for firm and bruise-free apples. Don’t worry about color, as color is not really how you tell when an apple is ripe. Apples should be crisp and firm.
  • The seeds from an apple are often an indicator of ripeness. If the seeds are brown, the fruit is ripe. Sometimes though, early season apples are ripe before the seeds turn. So it is a toss up here.
  • Leave the stem on the apples! It is said that leaving the stem on the apples helps them last longer. Why not go with it?
  • It is true, Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • Keep apples in a cool place after picking to increase shelf life.
  • My trick to keep apples fresh after slicing: Dip them in a bowl of water with a splash of lemon juice, to prevent browning.
So I hope you get to visit a local apple farm this season and get out there and pick your own apples.