Apple-picking season begins in late August or early September and lasts through November. Because apples keep well in cold storage, they are available year-round.
What to Look For:
There are thousands of apple varieties, with a range of colors including red, russet, yellow, and green. Textures and flavors vary from tart and crisp to soft and sweet. In general, choose apples that are heavy for their size and feel firm when pressed gently. Avoid bruised fruit.
How to Store:
For the longest shelf life, store apples in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Use within three weeks.