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The Arkansas Black apple is one of the most crisp and dense apples around, and the flavor is excellent, too. It is a late maturing apple that is generally considered best for cooking & desserts rather than eating out of hand.

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SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

Arkansas Black apples are excellent eaten out of hand as well as in baking. They will hold their shape well for pies, and will give a slightly tart flavor for apple sauce.

The slight tartness of the Arkansas Black apple makes it an ideal juicing apple.

Selection

Good-quality Arkansas Black apples will be firm with smooth, clean skin and have good color for the variety - which is a dark red to almost black.

Test the firmness of the apple by holding it in the palm of your hand. (Do not push with your thumb). It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.

Avoid

Avoid product with soft or dark spots.

If the apple skin wrinkles when you rub your thumb across it, the apple has probably been in cold storage too long or has not been kept cool.

Storage

To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator.

Apples do not freeze until the temperature drops to 28.5°F.

Ripening

Apples won't ripen further after being picked. Some apples will convert their starches into sugar after being picked, but this is known as "curing", and is best achieved by leaving fruit in the refrigerator - never sitting at room temperature.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.

  • Tips & Trivia
  • Rub cut apples with lemon juice to keep slices and wedges creamy white for hours.

    Store apples in a plastic bag in the refrigerator away from strong-odored foods such as cabbage or onions to prevent flavor transfer.

    Apples are the second most important of all fruits sold in the supermarket, ranking next to bananas. Tens of thousands of varieties of apples are grown worldwide.

    The history of apple consumption dates from Stone Age cultivation in areas we now know as Austria and Switzerland. In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.

    Folk hero Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) did indeed spread the cultivation of apples in the United States. He knew enough about apples, however, so that he did not distribute seeds, because apples do not grow true from seeds. Instead, he established nurseries in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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