The apples you just bought from the store might not have been picked this fall. Although they look fresh, they could be a year old.
Here in the United State, apples usually ripen between August and September. These fruits are picked when they’re slightly unripe and then they’re treated with a chemical called 1-methylcyclopropene. Later, they are waxed, boxed and kept in cold storage for an average of 9-12 months. With such controlled temperatures and low humidity, these fruits can be warehoused for months before being consumed. However, once they are removed from storage, their clock begins ticking again.
This is done to extend their availability for marketing. And that’s how you enjoy apples in the month of April too. If you’re not too sure about the safety of this process, opt for organic fruit and fresh apples from the local farmers market.