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Arctic Apples - Apples that don't go Brown

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Oct 20, 2017

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.

"We felt this could also signif...
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