Living With Shiny Apples

Kerria lacca Photo: Jeffrey W. Lotz

American consumers demonstrate a preference for shiny apples. Fresh apples will shine if polished due to the natural wax coating on the outside of the apple. The wax coating prevents moisture loss and dehydration. Apples for market are washed and jostled during packing. This process inadvertently removes wax along with surface contaminants. Wax loss can leave an apple prone to dehydration in storage. What can an apple packer do?

Many apples are treated…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close