Maturity at picking vs. storage life
Our Liberty apples are getting there, with some of them dropping, but they don't seem to be fully mature yet. We're waffling: whether to pick them now, since a few have dropped and have fully-browned seeds, or waiting a week and giving them a little more time to develop character and flavor.
Liberties just don't keep very well, but if the stars align you can actually get a very good apple in April- last year I was surprised to eat one that had escaped the usual spoilage and/or shrivelling. I have no idea if it was picked earlier or later, but it made me think.
Can anyone advise me as to whether a fruit that is picked on the early side stores better? And if so, what helps it develop quality as it ages?