Look for firm, smooth-skinned apples free of bruises and gouges. A dry brown patch on the skin (scald) does not affect the taste. Apples should have a fresh, not musty, smell. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Gala apples should be eaten raw because their texture disintegrates with heat. Remember, cut apples will discolor. To keep apples from browning, toss with citrus or apple juice or dip in acidulated water.