The famous DELICIOUS apple was grown originally in Iowa by Jesse Hiatt, in Madison County, until it was propagated by David Stark Co. There are over 140 apple orchards in Iowa.
Mature apples are firm, crisp, juicy, well colored, and flavorful. Fruit harvested to too early are astringent, sour, starchy, and poorly flavored. Apples harvested too late are soft and mushy. Pick and handle the fruit carefully to prevent bruising.
While apples can be kept in a garage or basement, they will stay fresher longer if kept in a perforated plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator (35°-40°). Mature apples picked in October and kept in the refrigerator can last for 3-5 months.
Iowa Specialty Crop Growers Association
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