The apple is a perennial of the Rosaceae family. The Cameo apple was discovered in 1987 in Washington, and is a possible a cross of the “Red Delicious” apple. The Cameo apple is described as sweet and mellow and hovers towards the medium range on the sweet vs. tart scale. They have a beautiful striped appearance, and they are perfect for amenity baskets.
The three major apple-growing regions in the U.S. are the states of Washington, New York, and Michigan.
Receiving and Storage
When storing and handling apples, avoid dropping the case as they’re very susceptible to bruising–they’re still edible, but the bruising limits their shelf life and detracts from their appearance. The bruises can also taste a little bitter.
Keep apples dry and wash them right before you use them, you don’t want them sitting in your refrigerator or your cooler wet, that breaks them down quicker.
You also want to keep them away from strongly scented items such as onions. An apple will absorb that onion flavor, and nobody really wants an apple that tastes like an onion. You don’t want to keep them near ethylene, it’s not sensitive, but it will shorten the shelf-life and it can make the apples texture a little mealy.
Recommended Storage Temperature
The recommended optimum storage temperature for the Cameo apple is 32° – 40°F. We recommend you store them in the front part of your cooler (near the door). The temperature fluctuates from the front to the back of the cooler due to the location of the cooling unit and frequency of the door being opened. Download our PDF for more cooler storage hints.
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