Since we were in upstate New York last week and it's impossible to find decent apples down here we tried packing a few to bring home.
We ended up sending the suitcases through baggage check, which made me nervous, but they traveled just fine.
The key is to put a cushion (such as dirty laundry or yarn in zip-loc bags) between the apples and the suitcase and to pack the apples as tightly as possible so as to minimize bruising. If they can't move, they won't bump each other. A few stems might poke holes in their neighbors, but that should be the extent of it.
We bought half a bushel of Jonamacs from Littletree and a few more special apples from Black Diamond Farm (several Pixie Crunch, Honeycrisp, and Bramley's Seedling to pack; and two Kidd's Orange apples for eating right then). We sauced about half a peck of bruised Jonamacs, but packed the gourmet apples so well we will be able to eat them all fresh. We can't resist cooking some of them, though---on the menu for next week are apple pie and cinnamon stuffed baked apples.
Apples are just about my favorite fruit, and I have missed them terribly. If you've flown apples to other parts of the country, I'd love to hear your experiences. Did we just get lucky? I'd be willing to try again.
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