It’s well known that some fruits, such as bananas, pears, and cantaloupe will continue to ripen after they are picked. However, this is not true for all fruits!
What about apples? Will apples ripen off the tree?
The answer is: Sort of.
Apples will continue to ripen slightly after they are picked, but if they are picked too early they will not develop the sweet flavor that they should have. They will instead have a sour or astringent taste to them.
A tip for picking ripe apples is that the apples tend to ripen from the outside of the tree inwards. This means that the apples on the outer branches will ripen before the apples towards the center of the tree.