How do you like them apples?

11 Sep 2012 1:42 PM | Deleted user

We've all had the experience where you chop an apple up for morning tea, get distracted and by the time you get back to the apple, it's gone brown. Well believe it or not, Okanagan Specialty Fruits in Canada, has created the Arctic Apple, which is an apple that won't turn brown when cut or bruised.

The question is, is it appealing to consumers, or does it make us worry about what's in the fruit that stops it from going brown? When an apple gets cut open or bruised, it causes a chemical reaction that produces an enzyme which creates the brown colour. The inventors have replaced this with a different product extracted from other apples giving us a biotechnically safe practice which prevents apples from going brown.

You can get the Arctic Apples in Golden Delicious and Granny Smith varieties and apparently they're working on our favourites Fuji and Gala. I guess it begs the question about genetically modified foods and whether there is a need for non-browning apples?

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