Apple care and handling

Care and Handling of Fresh, Sweet, Crisp Washington Apples

Three Easy Tips for Selecting the Best Apples at Your Local Market


Look for apples with shiny, not dull skin. Shiny apples are crisp and tasty!


Pick apples that feel firm when you give them a gentle squeeze.


Avoid apples that have bruises or punctures.

To Refrigerate or Not to Refrigerate?

Our growers recommend that you refrigerate your apples for best quality. Apples stay freshest when they’re refrigerated at about 32 degrees Fahrenheit/0 degrees Celsius, and they won’t stay crispy and crunchy for long when kept at room temperature.

How to Keep Sliced Apples from Browning

Apples naturally turn brown (oxidize) after they’re sliced. While apples that turn brown are safe to eat, they don’t look and taste their freshest. An easy way to prevent or slow oxidation is by dipping sliced apples into a solution that is one part citrus juice and three parts water.

Proper Apple Washing

It’s important to wash all fresh fruits and vegetables before eating.  Apples should be washed under cool running tap water, scrubbing vigorously with your clean hands, paying special attention to the top near the stem and the bottom near the calyx. Washing with soap or detergents is not recommended.  For more information on wax and safe handling of produce, please visit the US FDA website at

Apple Anatomy
Parts of an apple diagram