Apples--tasty, crunchy, sweet--
they're a favorite snack to eat.
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.
To make slices that
scientists make their surface stronger.
But how to keep cut apples fresh
and tasting tip-top:
that's the test.
Calcium turned out to be the key
to make this dip
You may find these apples soon
in snack-packs for your
lunch at noon.
The wraps can make new
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.
Poem by Kathryn Barry Stelljes, formerly Agricultural Research Service, Information Staff