This month, a special kind of sliced apple will go on sale at select US supermarkets, and thanks to CSIRO research these apples won't turn brown when they're cut, bitten or bruised.
Arctic® apples, have been developed by Canadian biotech company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF).
OSF is the first company to license CSIRO's non-browning technology.
Their first product will be snack-sized bags of fresh Arctic® Golden apple slices, with more non-browning varieties expected in future years, including Granny Smith and Fuji.
Company founder Neal Carter began working on the apples in the mid-1990s.
"I came across research from CSIRO that had managed to 'turn off' browning in potatoes," Carter explained.
Bag of arctic Golden non-browning apple slices
"As an apple grower, I was very aware that apple consumption had been declining for decades while obesity rates had simultaneously been sharply rising.
"My wife and I felt that we could help boost apple consumption through a similar biotech approach with apples, as non-browning apples would be more appealing and convenient.