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