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Eddie’s Corner: Are My Apples Ripe?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, October 3, 2105

ApplesFiguring out the proper harvest time for apples is one of the biggest guessing games many homeowners face this time of year. Harvesting too early will result in immature fruit that are off-flavor, starchy and poorly colored. Apples harvested too late will develop water core and rapidly become flat tasting, mushy or mealy. Improper harvesting will also reduce the storage life of the fruit. Apples will increase in size about two percent per day during the final 10 days on the tree. So to get the most size, leave the fruit on the tree for the longest possible time. Continue reading