FAQs About NC Apples

Did apple growing originate in NC or did it originate elsewhere? Apples are indigenous to North Carolina and the farming of apples has been tracked back to ancient times. Experts estimate that the number of varieties that have existed from 5,000 to 20,000.

When were apples brought to NC? It was brought to North Carolina in the 1700’s.

How were apples brought to NC and by whom? It was brought to North Carolina by early settlers. It is noted that in Henderson County the First European settler there set out trees in the Fruitland area.

Was it brought to a specific region? Is this the same region in which it is now mainly grown? Henderson County is still one of the main regions were apples are grown in North Carolina.

What are apples used for? Are there different uses? Apples are used for cooking or eating raw. One should know that an apple’s weight determines its yield.

One pound of apples=2 large, 3 medium or 4 small apples

One pound of apples yields 3 cups of diced fruit or 2 = cups peeled, sliced fruit.

Two pounds of apples=enough for a 9-inch pie

When purchasing/inspecting apples (at the store) how do you know it is fresh? Look for apples that are free of bruises and firm to touch. Larger apples should be very firm, since they mature faster than small apples and become soft sooner.

Is there a trick to buying and finding ripe apples? (Smell, thumping, shaking, color etc.) Brownish, russetted areas on the skin, usually caused by weather, mar appearance somewhat but don’t affect the flavor.

What are the storage techniques for apples after being brought home?  Care must be taken to store apples at home to keep them at their best. Keep small quantities of apples in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, away from strong smelling foods. The plastic bag helps the apples retain moisture and prevents shriveling. Refrigerated storage life is one to two weeks, depending upon the variety and the maturity of the apple. Larger quantities may be stored in a cool, dark, airy place such as a garage, basement or cellar. Line the box or container with plastic and cover the apples with a damp towel. Apples stored at room temperature will soften about 10 times faster than if refrigerated.

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