An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Or at least that’s what our parents told us growing up while we ate the crispy fruit. Although apples were brought over from Europe with the arrival of new settlers, this sweet and juicy fruit has turned into a daily staple in North American diets.
When we pick up our produce from the grocery store, very often the apple along with other fruits gets put in the sink for rinse and we assume it’s ready to be eaten afterwards.If you are like millions of households who do this, you may want to pause and rethink how you are cleaning your apples.
Farmers and companies want to ensure your fruits have the maximum shelf time in the store before you take it home. Ideally, we would all love to have an apple tree in our backyards to simply get our apples from, ensuring the fruit is fresh and free of anything foreign applied to the exterior. Until that happens, here is an easy way to eat an apple the way it was meant to.
Americans love their apples. It’s sure to be packed in school lunches, picnic, and a quick to-go snack at home.
29 states in the U.S. grow apples commercially with Washington state making up 70% of the fruit consumed.
Apples trees were grown in New England as early as the 1630’s.
And our loves for apple has not decreased. In fact, apples are the second most consumed fruit in the country after oranges.
But it takes work keeping the fruit fresh the moment it leaves the tree.
North Americans expect their fruits to be juicy to eat or to use in juice, smoothies, salads, and of course apple pies.
Don’t you wish you could just pick it up straight from the farm.
Since it’s not that easy or accessible it’s important to remember apples and other fruits and vegetables are delivered to grocery stores looking bright and healthy.
When you take your apples home you assume a quick water rinse will do the trick.
Take a look at these apples. They look fresh like they just got picked from the farm.
Don’t assume everything you see is ready for the family to eat right away.
A simple test at home will reveal they actually have a film or covering that you can’t see.
Nonetheless, most apples actually have these white wax substance.
Buying organic does not mean this was is exempt from being used.
Many companies argue that using this practice is totally ok because its USDA approved.
Nonetheless, the wax recipe used is not divulged to the public. That is reason enough to be alarmed.
We know that “natural” waxes like shellac and carnauba are used.
This is the same type of wax used for dental floss. You may swallow some in small amounts while flossing but not something you expect when you bite into your apple.
On the left, this is what an apple looks like when you bring it home.
On the right, the apple reveals how much wax is sprayed on it.
Try this. Put your apple in an empty glass bowl.
Farmers spray wax solutions to keep their fruit fresh. The wax works as a preservative to keep the fruits and vegetable from going bad.
The wax also makes the fruit look more appealing as it looks healthy and shiny.
Start pouring hot water on the apple. If you are buying a produce out of season, you can bet it comes with some sort of wax spray.
The boiling water slowly reveals the wax applied.
If the fruit was sprayed with pesticide prior to the wax being applied, some of the residue can also be left on the fruit.
Keep it simple, keep it natural. Here’s the recipe to get rid of the wax.
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon baking soda
Mix the ingredients together.
Place your apples in the mix and gently scrub the outer layer of wax.
The last step is the easiest. Take a big bite of your juicy fruit.