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509-966-3905

Office Address

2550 Borton Road
Yakima, WA 98903

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the list of frequently asked questions on this page before sending us a message.

How many months of the year do you supply fruit/apples?

We basically supply fruit all year around. It depends on the specific variety, but generally we will have new crop apples available starting in September and a good portion of the varieties we grow will be available into the early summer, with a select few apple varieties available well into August right up until we harvest our new crop. View Availability Chart

Does an apple a day really keep the Doctor away?

Apples are an amazing nutritional food for your diet. They have been linked to a long list of great health benefits that include reducing cholesterol, preventing heart disease, promoting healthy lungs, stroke prevention, weight loss, colon cancer prevention and improved brain health. It's no wonder that eating apples everyday really does help keep the doctor away. Eating fresh apples is always good for you and in order to get the full nutritional benefits associated with eating apples you should eat at least one fresh apple every day. One apple has five grams of fiber, supplying 20 percent of the daily fiber recommendation!

In a recent article titled "Apples Work Magic on Bad Cholesterol" featured in the Chicago tribune it was stated that, "I consider apples a magic food," said Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph.D., director for the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at Florida State University. "Apples are not my favorite food, but I buy a bag a week and try to eat two per day. I am convinced this is what I should do if I want to remain healthy."

To learn more about the amazing health benefits of Apples click here to go to our Nutritional and recipe page for great facts, recipes and healthy living tips!

Where can I find your fruit? What stores/marketplace?

Our products in addition to apples from state of Washington can be found throughout the United States as well as all over the world. Borton Fruit ships to most major retailers in the United States and has developed export programs to many of the major markets across the globe.

You can find Washington apples in pretty much any grocery store in the nation and Washington apples are recognized around the world as the finest apples found on the planet. The State of Washington is the largest apple producer in the United States. Washington grows approximately 110 million boxes of apples per year.

What is the best way to store apples?

The best way to store apples is to keep them refrigerated at about 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows the apples to stay cool and fresh, slowing the aging process and retaining the apples firmness. Fruit bowls are beautiful, but your apples will not stay crispy or keep for very long on the countertop.

What causes apples to turn brown when cut?

Browning of apples is caused by a process called Oxidation. In order to reduce browning, prepare apple dishes just before serving. You can protect cut apples from oxidation by dipping them into a solution of one part citrus juice and three parts water.

How long can apples be stored in my refrigerator for?

Apples stored correctly will keep very well, staying fresh and crisp for consumption for long periods of time. Apples can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Avoid washing the apples before storing them as this will remove natural wax from the apples that helps to protect the skin and the apple from aging. Store apples in a plastic bag in the coolest part of your refrigerator (preferably the crisper) for best results.

Is the wax on apples harmful?

No, not at all. In fact wax on apples is very beneficial to protecting the fruit and ensuring freshness. Freshly harvested apples have their own waxy coating that protects them from shriveling and weight loss. Apples are washed at our fruit packing facilities to remove dust and chemical residues, insuring sanitation and food safety. This washing removes about half of the original apple wax which is replaced by a natural coating that we apply. The natural wax added to protect our high quality apples is a carnauba or shellac wax. Both are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) and have been used on a variety of foods for decades. These wax formulations are natural, non-petroleum based coatings that help protect the fruit and allow it to naturally stay fresh and look beautiful. Research has shown that apple waxing prevents moisture loss, enhances firmness retention and slows down the apple respiration rate.

In the most recent study conducted at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service Laboratory in Wenatchee, WA, Red Delicious apples from Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage were held at room temperature for eight days (duplicating how apples are treated in grocery stores). The unwaxed apples lost firmness faster than the waxed apples.

Some historians report wax has been used on produce since the early 1920s, but other experts say fruits and vegetables were waxed by housewives long before that to improve storage life. As little as one pound of waxy coating will cover approximately 160,000 pieces of fruit and vegetables, according to the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association. Only a drop or two of wax is needed to give a Washington apple a shiny, protective coating and help keep the crunch to the last bite.

What should I look for when choosing apples at my local grocery store or Market?

When at a store or marketplace and selecting fresh apples, you should pay attention to the skin. An apple's skin should be shiny, not dull. This tip's important because dull appearing apples won't be as crisp and tasty. It is also a good idea to feel for the firmness of the apples. For the best eating experience your apples should be firm and free of bruises and punctures.

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