keepers, and of the long-lived varieties that do well in controlled atmosphere storage, has been much on my mind.
Keepers, sometimes called winter apples, are varieties that will stay good for months in a root cellar or refrigerator.
Many of these are late season apples that improve after picking, reaching their qualitative peak only after some time in a cool place.
Typically this "aging" involves the conversion of starches to sugars.
Blushing Golden, which is terrific when it peaks in December, is a good example. (It is merely good fresh off the tree in October.)
It's not hard to enjoy these apples, though patience is required. You just wait until they are ready to eat.
Meanwhile, the apples at the supermarket can also be good, and require no hoarding or husbanding.
But behind this convenience several processes are both complex and fraught—a subject, perhaps, for another post. Update: Here it is.