Gala apples picked early

jbclem(z9b Topanga, Ca)July 29, 2013

To save some young branches that were half broken I just had to clip off 7-8 apples from a containerized Gala apple tree. I read that they are supposed to be ripe in mid Aug, about two weeks from now. These apples are green, a few with a little blush of color.

I wonder if these apples are or will be edible and if there's anything I can do to make them more so. Or can they be cooked/baked to get some use out of them. Any ideas?


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alan haigh

At room temp apples will convert some of their starches to sugar- a week should accomplish this, but really green apples are only useful for cooking, IMO.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 4:59AM
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jbclem(z9b Topanga, Ca)

I've had these small apples sitting at room temperature for two weeks, and just tried one. It was edible, no sourness at all...but not as sweet as organic Gala's I've bought at the local coop. Strangely (but very nice) it had a very distinct cinnamon taste. I wonder if this was the result of the early picking or is this an unusual Gala apple tree.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 5:19AM
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