our neighbor has three amazing apple trees and doesn't want any of the apples. we've been juicing and eating them all summer but our first frost is coming within a few days, should i pluck a bunch and try to root cellar them or will they be fine on the tree for the frost?
If you want to store them in your root cellar, collect before the first *hard* frost - otherwise they may go all mushy much, much quicker than you'd like (and once one apple is bad, unless you have them individually wrapped, whoops).
If you're just planning to turn them into cider or juice or applesauce, after the frost is okay if they're still ripe. You'll be mushing them anyway.
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