Apples ripen much, much faster at room temperature than when kept in a refrigerator. We recommend you keep your apples refrigerated. Stored this way, apples should last up to 90 days.
Apples kept at room temperature will quickly become mealy, ruining their texture and flavor.
Some varieties are better for long-term keeping than others. Late-season apples — especially Arkansas Black — last longer than early ripening varieties.
If keeping apples for long-term storage, don’t mix varieties, as different varieties ripen at different rates. And don’t store apples near onions or potatoes, as they will pick up off flavors.