Regardless which apple you are picking your apples from—Honeycrisp, Empire, Golden Delicious, Ambrosia, Spartam Mitsu, Jonagold, Ida Red , Fuji, Granny Smith…
And regardless which recipe you will be making with the apples that you have chosen…
There are always certain things to keep in mind when picking apples.
These things to keep in mind when picking apples include…
1.Quantity…Avoid those pre-bagged bags of fruit. They think that they are doing you a huge favor bagging the fruit for you so that you won’t have to inconvenience yourself, right?!
How long does it take to bag fruit, in the first place??!
They just want to fund a way to sell apples that are still in good enough shape to be sold in a bag with more of the motley crew, but would never make it to the cart if you actually had to pick that apple up with your own hand.
2. Season…It is important to buy your fruits and vegetables while they are “in season” in order to find the best quality.
Fruits and vegetables that are available “out of season” have been typically traveled quite a while from where they have been grown to where they are being sold, meaning that these fruits and vegetables usually, if not always, lacks the flavor of fruit in season.
We are now in the peak few months of apple pickin’ season—August until October.
After October, most of the apples that you will find available have been harvested in October and stored so that there can always be a supply of apples available, but these are hardly ever as good as the apples that you can find now…
3. Maturity…Another factor to consider when selecting apples is maturity, how ripe the apple actually was when it was picked from the tree.
Maturity is important because once an apple has been taken off the tree, that apple will not continue to ripen.
If the apple is not actually ripe when taken off the tree, the apple will not have a good flavor, texture, or color.
If the apple is not actually ripe when taken off the tree, the apple will not have the same storing capability and the skin will start looksing wrinkled after being kept only a short time in storage.
4. Texture…To tell if an apple will have a good texture, simply pick it up and make sure that it feels firm , and not squishy.
Another way to check the texture of the apple and make sure that the apple is ripe would be to flick the apple near the stem and listen for a dull thud.
5. Blemishes…Check the apple for any markings—such as bruising, blemishes, holes where insects may have entered, and any other -obvious signs of decay.
6. Weight...Pick the fruit up. If it’s heavy for its size, then you have successfully found yourself a good piece of fruit.
7. Color…Even though color is not always the best indicator of great produce, color can still be important.
Buy only apples that are brightly colored., not dull.
Brightly colored fruit has absorbed lots of sunlight, important for developing the flavor of the fruit.
Dullness may indicate that the apple ss past its prime..
8. Smell…Smell the apple to make sure it smells fresh, not musty.
Note that not all apples will smell the same. The scent of the ale will vary between one variety and another. For example, Gala apples will have a stronger fragrance than most other varieties. Just make sure that the apple doesn’t stink.