Best storage apples/fruit this year?

skyjs(z8 OR, USA)April 10, 2013

This has been my best year yet for storage fruit.
I have a lot of fruit that I froze, but that's not what I'm talking about in this post.

I am interested in which apples/other fruits have stored best for you this year without refrigeration, freezing, drying, pickling, fermenting, or with any other special method. I am curious about which fruit have stored best for you just by leaving them as is. Cold storage, out building, bags, north side of the house, etc. but not the others.

I think apples are the biggest volume of storage fruit I have. I had many varieties that I stored. Some, like Karmijn, were too few and too tasty yet to store. In a few years I'll store it. Some were apples that I grafted long ago, and failed to label well, and so I don't know what they were. Spitzenburg was a good keeper for me this year. I kept a lot and they lasted til January I think. Suntan was pretty good. They lasted about the same time. Orleans was a bit longer. The three that have lasted the longest for me were Gold Rush, Belle de Boskoop, and Winesap. I just finished up Gold Rush, and they were great when I ate the last one last week. Belle de Boskoop has been great and I still have a few left. I have needed to eat some of those as they were starting to go. The overall champ for me has been Winesap, which has the largest number of apples still (April 10th), still taste good, and I have hardly needed to eat any because they were in bad shape.

I still have a few flowering quince fruit, but most have started to rot. I chop them up and drink the water as a kind of lemonade. I just grafted Johantorp pear, which is supposed to be a good keeper, but I haven't harvested any yet, obviously. I grow Carriere hawthorns, which you can keep on the tree until February, depending on the year.
I am very curious to hear what your best keepers were.

Thanks,
John S
PDX OR

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murkwell

John, do your Goldrush turn yellow? On the tree, or in storage?

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 1:00AM
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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

I've still got some Winesap apples in the fridge, however they are finally beginning to go soft. I might just make sauce of them. But they certainly are some of the best keepers, and a very good apple for all uses.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 9:54AM
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quillfred

I can't yet speak from personal experience as I only had a few each of Karmijn, Ashmead's and Holstein. My Sweet 16 didn't store as well as I had hoped. Even in the fridge they got a bit soft after a couple months.

I did graft Winston this year which may store like GoldRush. I also have big hopes for Black Twig.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 7:11PM
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skyjs(z8 OR, USA)

My GOld Rush was both yellow on the tree and in storage. I have heard that you want to watch them as they ripen (very late), they start to kind of change slightly in color. That's what I did. I love Gold Rush.
John S
PDX OR

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 2:17AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Gold Rush and Olympic pear both lasted in the frige in very good shape until Febr or March when I ate the last of them.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 8:19AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

I had some GoldRush I forgot about in the back of the fridge. They were in no bag or anything and were wrinkled like a 100-year old. They still tasted excellent.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 8:27AM
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john_in_sc

Yates is one of my best keepers.... It's a fairly small apple... but it's a good one.

Thanks

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 8:57AM
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murkwell

Hey skysjs,

I'd be most gratified if you would select and present me with a Goldrush apple in its prime this coming winter so I can taste what all the fuss is about.

The few times I've tried on my own they've been green and no fun to eat.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 1:34PM
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megamav(5a - NY)

I've found that Ashmead's Kernel, Suncrisp, Reine des Reinettes, and Belle de Boskoop all kept very well for me. Into March. The chest freezer was empty first week in March, so I cant comment on anything after that date.

Below is a pic of my apple chest freezer storage board.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 2:58PM
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windfall_rob(vt4)

Megamav,

Interesting you find RdR to store well. My experience has been the opposite...GREAT apple, but starts to go soft and leathery on the outside pretty quick usually within a month or two at most.
I have always been a little doubtful as to the "trueness" of my tree, but it seems on target for type in other attributes.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 8:32AM
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alan haigh

Some apples store well even when picked tree ripe but many should be picked a tad green- apples sauce in a few weeks when stored after being picked ripe. I've gotten good storage out of Jonagold when I picked a week or so green- it was a different apple than tree ripe, tarter but delicious. Weather during ripening will also have a big impact- less rain less water in the apples and better storage. Different apples will be affected in different ways.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 9:26AM
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skyjs(z8 OR, USA)

Murky,
Are you growing GOld Rush in full sun or part shade? It is one of the latest ripening apples.That may be a factor.
John S
PDX OR

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 2:12AM
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murkwell

It gets morning shade I think, but I've bought them from Portland Nursery and I think the Farmer's market on 2 or 3 occasions and they were also green.

I even stored some in the fridge for months to see if they got any better.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 12:18AM
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