Look for apples that are well colored for its variety. Red over-color is not as important as the background color, which is the best indicator of ripeness. The background color should be greenish yellow, indicating that the apple has matured. Apples with a dark green background color may have been picked before they were fully ripe, will not be as flavorful but may last longer when stored
Apples will last the longest in storage when kept close to 32ºF. The best place to store apples is usually in a refrigerator. Although apples may be displayed in a fruit bowl at room temperature for a short period it will dramatically reduce their usable life.
Nutritional Value of Apples
Apples can play an important role in home cookery and nutrition. An average apple contains about 90 calories, and small amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Apples are thirst quenching because they contain about 85% water. They are a perfect snack food because their natural sugars provide quick energy, while the bulky pulp makes the eater feel full.
How Many Apples?
One pound of apples = 2 large, 3 medium, or 4 to 5 small; about 3 cups peeled and cut-up fruit.
Two pounds of apples = enough for one nine-inch pie.
One bushel of apples = 40 pounds or about 100 to 120 medium fruits. Enough for 20 nine-inch pies, 15 to 20 quarts of applesauce or slices.