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"Keeping Cut Apples Fresh!"

Drawing:  "A Poem" on background drawing of three apples

Drawing:  Red apple--first in a row of eight applesDrawing:  Green appleDrawing:  Green appleDrawing:  Red apple sliced in halfDrawing:  Red appleDrawing:  Green appleDrawing:  Red apple sliced in halfDrawing:  Red apple


Photo:  Little boy and girl eating apples

Apples--tasty, crunchy, sweet--
they're a favorite snack to eat.

Munching slices:
just like play,
and there's no core to throw away.

But cutting apples turns them brown;
then they're not fun to have around.

They get that way out in the air.
That's why the apple
skin is there.

Drawing:  Red apple sliced in half

Photo:  Two red apples with water droplets

To make slices that
last longer,
scientists make their surface stronger.

But how to keep cut apples fresh
and tasting tip-top:
that's the test.


One team found a spray or dip
with special salts keeps
slices crisp.

The dip itself, it has no flavor, leaving apple taste to savor.

(Click here to learn more about a coating that protects cut fruit and vegetables.)

Photo:  Alternating rows of red and green apples

Black and white drawing of dairy cow

Calcium turned out to be the key
to make this dip
a reality.

You may find these apples soon
in snack-packs for your
lunch at noon.


Another team makes film so fruity--
for coating apples, to keep their beauty.

This dried puree, wrapped 'round each slice,
keeps cut apple
fruit air-tight.

(Click here to learn about edible film wraps made from fruits and vegetables.)

Drawing:  Red apple

Photo:  Apples on branches

The wraps can make new
tasty treats--
like cherries on apples and peaches on meats.

We like our apples whole
or in strips.
Now they'll taste good on the longest of trips.

Drawing:  Red apple--first in a row of eight applesDrawing:  Green appleDrawing:  Green appleDrawing:  Red apple sliced in halfDrawing:  Red appleDrawing:  Green appleDrawing:  Red apple sliced in halfDrawing:  Red apple


Cartoon animation:  Apple writing  "A+" on blackboard

Poem by Kathryn Barry Stelljes, formerly Agricultural Research Service, Information Staff


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Last Modified: 2/14/2011
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