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Storing Apples

There's no need to spend lots of money to get delicious apples in winter if you know how to store apples correctly. Apples can be stored for a long time through winter in the right conditions.

• It is important to keep apples in a cool, dark place with plenty of humidity. A cellar with ventilation is suitable for this. If there is insufficient humidity, you can increase it by putting containers of water in the place where the apples are being stored. 

• Not all varieties of apple are suitable for storing. Topaz, Freiherr von Berlepsch, Roter Boskoop and Pilot can be stored. 

• The apples should either be stored on fruit racks or in flat boxes. The boxes can be lined with wood shavings or corrugated paper. In the case of taller boxes, we recommend putting corrugated paper between the layers of fruit to prevent pressure marks. 

• Please only store healthy and undamaged fruit. Maggot-ridden, overripe and outsized fruit cannot be stored for long and should be sorted out when harvesting. Apples without a stalk should be eaten early as they can rot quickly. 

• Check your fruit store on a weekly basis and remove all rotten apples. Rotten pipfruit can 'infect' other fruit. This is due to emerging ethylene, a colourless gas, which ripens the other apples more quickly and, in some cases, spoils them. For precisely this reason apples should not be stored together with other fruit and vegetables. 

• In order to prevent apples from drying out quickly, the boxes can be covered with a perforated film. Alternatively, apples can also be stored in perforated polythene bags since the release of ethylene is reduced by the bag. In all cases, stored pipfruit should be checked regularly so that rotten apples can be removed quickly.

If you follow these rules you will be able to bite into a juicy apple from your own garden in winter, too.

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