Apples - Redmax McIntosh

Quantity: 5-lb bag

Availability: Late September

Storage: Keep for 3-4 months

Flavor: Sweet to tart

Color: Red

Size: Medium

Uses: Eating fresh, cooking

Grown: Orchard

Grown by: Horticulture Research Station

Processing: Graded      

Short Term Storage: It is important to sort apples before storing.  Remove any apples that are bruised, cut or show decay.  Then plan to consume the larger apples first and save smaller apples for later in the season.  Larger apples will be the first to begin to lose quality and show signs of internal breakdown.  The optimum storage temperature for apples is 30-32 degrees F.  Apples should also be stored in 90-95% relative humidity to prevent dehydration.  Apples should be stored in the refrigerator or another cool location.  Apples should not be stored with bananas or tomatoes because this can cause apples to soften.  If storing apples in a basement leave them in a cardboard box out of direct sunlight.

Long Term Storage: Apples can be frozen or canned or dried.

Preparation: Apples should be washed before eating or preserving.  Wash apples under cold running water and dry with a clean towel. Cut apples should be covered and refrigerated if not eaten within 2 hours of cutting.

Nutrition: Adults should consume 1.5-2 cups of fruit total per day according to the USDA MyPlate recommendations. 

Apples are high in fiber.  One medium apple contains 17% of the total recommended fiber intake per day.  Apples are also a good source of vitamin C.