Why Does Fruit Become Mealy?

An apple with a bite taken out of it, against a background of fruit drawings.

With diminished grocery stock across the U.S., there’s never been a better time to learn how to prevent fruit from becoming “mealy.” Here are a few things you can do to keep your produce fresher, longer.

Over at SciShow, they took a long, hard look at the process of decomposition, which turns a firm, crisp apple (and other fruits and vegetables) into a mealy mess. The video below explains why it happens, and what you can do to slow down the process.

If you don’t have time to watch the video, the first tip is to refrigerate ripe fruits and vegetables immediately.

Let any fruits and vegetables that haven’t yet ripened do so until they reach the stage and texture you want. At that point, refrigerate them, so they maintain their texture longer.

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