I thought I would ask this question in a new thread, I had asked it in the “what’s happening” thread.
We have taken a few trips to a PYO orchard, to get some apples and pears fresh off the trees. We wanted to make maybe one last trip and stock up on some apples for winter time storage. The orchard is closing for the season on Dec 9th. We wanted to pick up some more GoldRush, Pink Lady, among others.
However, the last couple of mornings the temps have dropped into the low 20s here, I assume the temps at the orchard are prob close to ours. My question is, if the temps are that low with fruit still on the trees, will the apples suffer some freeze damage? I know that some apples have a built-in antifreeze with the sugars in the fruit, but also some are still a bit starchy. I would imagine there is a point when the sugars can’t protect the fruit?
I guess I could call the orchard, and ask them about this, but they’re closed today.