Apples are a fragile fruit that bruise easily. Plastic bags do not offer much protection to the apples when they are being transported so handled them as gently as you would eggs.

Apples love cool temperatures 0°–4°C. They soften 10 times faster at 22°C than at 0°C. To retain maximum quality store apples in the crisper section of your refrigerator.

A ventilated bag helps keep them from rolling around and allows some air exchange which extends storage life. The variety of apple and its growing season also affects how long apples will store.

Apples absorb odours so keep them away from foods with strong odors such as onions.

As apples ripen they produce ethylene gas. Since this can affect leafy greens and carrots locate apples in a separate crisper.