When to Harvest Apples - Knowledgebase Question

Telford, PA
Question by wkaraban
October 6, 1999
When do I harvest the red and golden delicous apples? The apples are firm and beautiful shades of red and yellow, but when I bite into them they are still tart!


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Answer from NGA
October 6, 1999

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If the seeds inside an apple are brown, the apple is ripe. Pick a few test apples and cut them open; if the seeds are brown you can begin harvesting. If the seeds are still white or tan, the apples are underripe--though you can still use them for apple pie! Apple varieties differ in their tartness, but red and golden delicious should be crisp and slightly tart in flavor.

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