Maybe buying supermarket apples isn’t the best idea, did you have any idea that your apples were most likely a year old?
Crazy, but unfortunately true. Supermarket apples are usually picked and treated with a chemical called 1-methylcyclopropene. They are then placed into temperature controlled storage areas and kept for as long as possible. While this hasn’t been seen to truly affect our food, it would be nice to know how old something is when you’re purchasing.
Most unfortunately the nutritional value of apples deteriorates the longer that they sit in storage. This means that the apples that you buy in supermarkets may not be as nutritional as you expect them to be. It seems that the antioxidant levels in apples are most affected by sitting for a long time.
The best way to make sure that your apples haven’t been stored for an excessive amount of time is to buy directly from farmers. Even buying organic is no guarantee that they have not been sitting. This is because there are organic fungicides that could keep the apples “fresh” while they sit in storage.
Apple Fun Facts!
– More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States.
– Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber.
– The crabapple is the only apple native to North America.
– Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
– Apples are a member of the rose family.
– Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.
– Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds.
– The average person eats 65 apples a year.
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