Food - Drink
For Optimum Freshness, Treat Apples Like Eggs
By CARA O'BLENESS
It seems many of us are taking the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" to heart. And while refrigerating apples is a great way to keep your produce fresh while extending its shelf-life, there's another super simple way to retain the freshness of your fruit — and it starts at the supermarket.
You're probably familiar with the unpleasant texture of a bruised apple — it's mushy rather than crisp because bruised apples emit ethylene gas faster, which causes the entire fruit, and those around it, to rot and spoil at a quicker rate. While ethylene is important for helping fruits like apples, bananas, and pears to ripen, too much of it can be a bad thing.
Prevent bruises on your apples and preserve their texture as best you can by handling them like you would a carton of eggs. That means selecting them and placing them into a produce bag with care, putting them on the checkout belt gingerly, and making sure they don't get bounced around on the ride home from the store or farmer's market.