Apples, Altered By Climate Change, Are Losing Their Taste And Texture

on August 16, 2013 2:11 PM EDT

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The good old-fashioned crunchy and tart taste of apples could permanently altered due to global warming. (Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA ARS)

The loud crunch that accompanies the bite of a tart apple's flesh may soon no longer be part of the apple eating experience. Apples are the second-most valuable fruit grown in the United States (oranges are first) and the average American consumer eats approximately 19 pounds of fresh apples each year, says Vermontapples.org. Its convenience and durability makes this fruit a popular staple in the American diet because it can be processed into sauce, slices, juice, and flavored desserts.

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But the classic taste of apples is starting to change. Fuji and Tsugaru apples, ranked as the two most consumed kinds of apples in the world, have lost their texture and taste throughout the years due to the effects of global warming on agriculture. A study published in the journal Scientific Reports found that, due to climate change, apples are taking on on a new chemical composition that can alter the way the fruit is consumed.

Read more at MedicalDaily.com

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