Early apples tend to wrinkle and soften quite quickly. But apples that are ready around October generally store well. Wrapped in newspaper, on slatted trays to allow the air to circulate, and kept in the cool, some types last well into Spring.
Of course, you might find trays at the greengrocer’s, but they’re scarce now and you’re more likely to find cardboard boxes. You could make them yourself, if you had the time… Or you could have a look at www.selections.com, which has individual stackable trays, or five- and ten- drawer apple racks in pine.
For a much bigger outlay,www.crocus.co.uk has six- and ten-drawer apple racks in beech.
It’s certainly one way to add a bit of style to the harvest.