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How to determine when apples are ready to pick
Learn how to determine when your apples are ripe enough to pick based on variety, color, firmness, seed coats, smell, taste and ease of removal.
Johnny Appleseed was a steward of the earth
“Johnny Appleseed” entered the pages of American folklore as one of our most popular heroes. This nature boy with the pasteboard hat was named John Chapman.
Apple picking: How to choose the ideal apples for your needs
Planning to pick your own apples this fall? Learn which varieties of apples are perfect for snacking, baking, making applesauce and more.
Quarry Hill Orchards: A connection that grows on trees
'Straight from my hand to their mouth,' says fruit grower Bill Gammie. Quarry Hill Orchards fosters a connection between the fruit they grow and the consumers who love it.
Canning Applesauce: How to get it right
Learn how to diagnose and prevent common problems — discoloration, siphoning and mold — when canning applesauce.
Smoked apple snacks are ripe for the picking
A few West Virginia University faculty are exploring the potential for West Virginia's apple growers to develop and market dried, smoked apple chunks.
New apple disease spoils even pasteurized foods
Paecilomyces niveus spoils apple products even after heat pasteurization. The fungus also produces an FDA-regulated toxin called patulin.
Disease-resistant apples perform better than old varieties
You may not find them in stores yet, but it’s only a matter of time before new disease-resistant apple cultivars are more popular than old favorites.
Apple Castle orchard and market: 7 generations and still growing
Visit western Pa's Apple Castle year-round for their home-grown apples, peaches and other produce (but don't leave without one of the Johnston family's doughnuts!)
Pa. apple growers vote yes on new program
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced April 26 that state apple growers voted in favor of a new Pennsylvania Apple Program.