Dearest Apple Blossoms,
The best apples feel heavy for their size. Check for firmness (hardness) by gently pressing the apple.
Skip over apples that have bruises, decay spots, cuts, knicks, and soft spots if you will not be using the apples right away. “Russeting” are little brown spots that appear only on the skin of the apple; this does not affect quality.
Color is also important. Rich coloring is best. As for yellow and green apples, look for a slight blush.
See how easy this is!
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