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I don't have a cellar or cold storage, and not enough room in my fridge.

I do, however, keep my house relatively cold in the winter. I'd say 60ish.

The local orchard where I always get my apples starts selling next month. Here's the schedule they gave me when I got my pears:

October 2 - 5: Goldens, Reds, Honeycrisp

October 8 - 12: Granny Smith and Rome

October 16 -19: Fuji, Cameo, Braeburns

October 23 - 26 is listed as well but no types are listed, probably just whatever they have left.

I'll make some dried apples and applesauce, but which of these would last the longest fresh? Is it unreasonable to think that they'd keep well into the winter?

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According to this website... Rome would be your best bet.

http://www.traxfarms.com/recipes/apple_rec.htm
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I'm pretty sure with that list, Granny Smith are the ones that would last the longest for fresh eating.

The others may last 2-3 months or so if you put them in chillier corners of your house, but maybe not as long. I think. Have you called the orchard and asked them? I know my orchard is a font of information when I think to ask - almost had pears until Christmas, and would've too, if I'd remembered to stick them in the fridge.

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Fuji apples are some of the very best storing apples, lasting 6 months on average in cool to cold temperatures. Most of your late season fruits and veggies are good for storage, so I would look for a variety that meets your usage needs. If you are looking for mostly fresh eating, I would go with the Granny Smith as they stay crisp and tart for a long time. And even when they get a little too ripe, the sweetness is nice.

I would find the coldest, darkest corner/ closet of your house and plan on putting the apples there. Wrap them in 1/4 sheet of newspaper and put them in a box. That's what I've found for the best storage. Good luck and good eating.
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fedco's tree catalog also gives good information on how long different apples store. http://www.fedcoseeds.com/forms/ft31cat.pdf

The person who writes the catalog seems to have their own root cellar, and tells how long various apples kept for them.
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Thanks everyone! I think I will go with romes. The newspaper had the prices and reds and romes are the cheapest. $.40/lb. I'm not the biggest fan of reds, so I will go with romes. And they go on sale this week. I'll probably get some fujis too.

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