Apples are grown in each continental state. Washington, New York and Michigan are the top three volume producing states.
- Apples that are kept refrigerated will extend their peak conditions the longest.
- Apples kept at room temperature deteriorate at a rate ten times faster than those kept refrigerated in the crisper section.
- Always handle apples gently to prevent bruising.
- It’s best to store apples in a ventilated plastic bag away from vegetables and foods with strong odors. Fruits such as apples give off a natural gas called ethylene that can damage vegetables. This gas is a natural ripening agent and can be used to ripen bananas, kiwis, peaches, plums and pears. If placed in a paper bag with an apple, they will ripen much more quickly.