Is Your Fruit Bland or Flavorless Because It’s in Storage for Nearly a Year?

I’ve posted about the frustrations of buying fruit at the market only to find that it’s bland or flavorless. One of my speculations for the blandness or flavorlessness of seemingly healthy fruit was because the soil in which the fruit grew was overused and lacked the correct balance of minerals. Now there is another possible culprit: Old fruit. In the case of apples (http://www.today.com/food/apple-you-just-bought-might-be-year-old-does-it-2D80207170), the fruit can sometimes be treated with a gaseous compound to slow the  deterioration for several months. The claim is that the fruit is safe to eat and while the fruit may look typical, it’s when the fruit meets the palate when it’s clear that the flavor and nutritional value of the fruit have been adversely impacted. I grow my own apples so have a very good “flavor memory” of what a good, fresh-picked apple tastes like. It’s when my trees are not fruiting that I am dependent on markets to supply me with apples. That’s when it’s a gamble on whether your money was well-spent or a loss. While the life extension of fruit and vegetables is justified on economic grounds, I walk away from the experience thinking, “Don’t they eat this stuff before selling it? I think this market has failed to do quality control of the products they sell.” I then move my dollars to markets that carry the quality produce that I expect because I felt cheated by the other markets that carried the bland stuff. It really is cheating. There’s a common complaint that children and adults don’t eat enough servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Maybe this has something to do with it! We eat what we like and if it doesn’t taste good, why eat it? This has long-range health implications that ultimately hit all of our pocketbooks.

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One Response

  1. I didn’t realize that they kept fruit that long. This is yet another reason to only buy fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season.

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