Frost Ring on Apples

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Frost ring on apple. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Frost ring on apple. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Some apple growers are noticing that some of their apples are looking a little strange, with odd colored scabby rings around the fruit. This is called frost ring and is a result of the freeze we had back in early April when apples were in bloom and the young fruits were just starting to develop. The freezing temperatures damaged the surface tissue, resulting in a ring pattern as the fruit grew in size. Frost ring does not affect the taste of the fruit so the apples are perfectly edible.

Click here to see photos of the freeze damage to apples, peaches, and blueberries.

Frost ring on apple. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Frost ring on apple. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Frost ring on apple. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Frost ring on apple. Photo by Debbie Roos.