Apples That Don’t Turn Brown Will Be Available Soon
For the apple lovers out there, Golden Delicious has something unique to offer with their genetically modified apples – they will be selling a variety that do not turn brown starting early next month. These are rebranded apples from the Arctic brand, which is produced by accompany in British Columbia, Canada, the Okanagan Specialty Fruits. Neal Carter, president and founder of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, said that they wanted to release the apples in Midwestern stores because they found these to be a good fit for the product. While he failed to mention the stores that will be selling these, he says that people will be able to hear from the retailers themselves. Aside from the fact that the apples will not turn brown, these will also be crispier in texture, something that might win the hearts of the picky eaters.
Now, some people are still concerned about the GMO label because some sources say that products such as these are not safe for human consumption. So are the new GMO apples safe? The US Department of Agriculture gave the US a go signal for the first ever genetically modified apples two years ago. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service gave its approval because they say that genetically engineered apples were not likely to cause plant pest risk and harm other plants. Additionally, they think that this will not have a significant effect on human environment. While the FDA does not have direct instructions to regulate genetically modified crops, many companies choose to go through the review process just the same just like Okanagan.
If you’re wondering if the new GMO apples are better and healthier than those that turn to brown, here’s what experts have to say. According to the US Apple Association, the degree to which an apple turns brown will depend upon the amount of Vitamin C and polyphenoloxydase found in these. Lower PPL equals lesser chances of turning brown. Okanagan Specialty Fruits on the other hand thinks that the browning of apples is melanin formed as a result of the mixture of polyphenol oxidase and polyphenolics. Okanagan claims that the non-browning apples have more benefits to them other than visual appeal.