Some might not know that you can eat locally grown Ontario apples well into June.


Ontario apples, after they’re harvested, are placed in special controlled atmosphere storage rooms that control the ethylene gas that apples naturally emit.


Ethylene ripens fruit faster — that’s why the age old trick to ripen produce quickly is to place an apple in a paper bag with your fruits or vegetables for a day or so. The special storage rooms allow growers to provide a high quality supply of nutritious apples to consumers in Ontario.


For something new, try topping toasted English muffin halves with thin Ontario Empire slices, cooked ham and Swiss cheese. Microwave on high until cheese melts. For more apple recipes, check