I am not prone to “fact-checking” statements. Life is too short to need to be right about everything.
Earlier today, however, I came across a statement that caused me to pause and poke around a little bit. The statement was found in my e-mail and came from GoldenFact and it stated:
In the U.S., the apples sold at stores can be up to a year old.
Can’t be, can it?
Well, apparently it is a true statement and here is the link to one of several articles that back the statement up.
And a quote from that article: “To slow the proverbial sands of time, some fruit distributors treat their apple bins with a gaseous compound, 1-methylcyclopropene,” the USDA states. “It extends the fruits’ post-storage quality by blocking ethylene, a colorless gas that naturally regulates ripening and aging. The same chemical is used to lessen the “de-greening of broccoli, browning of lettuce, and bitterness in carrots,” according to the USDA.
So much for the “An apple a day. . .” theory.
This saddens me.