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Storage: Apples store for long periods in a cool environment, like a refrigerator crisper. Because they emit ethylene gas, which promotes ripening, keep them away from other stored crops. Potatoes will sprout if stored in the same crisper drawer with apples. Once cut, apples will turn brown unless treated with citric acid, salad dressing or dropped into acidulated water (about 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice to half a liter of water).

Uses: Apples pair beautifully with winter vegetables like cabbage and winter squash.