There’s an old saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor at bay, or something like that. Another one talks about how one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Well, scientists in Australia claim they have developed an apple that won’t go bad…or at least not for quite a long while.
Researchers at Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries (QPIF) have been working on this project for 20 years. As reported by Chris Green of The Independent, the scientists say they have developed a new variety that will stay fresh and crispy for up to 14 days in a fruit bowl, and up to four months if refrigerated.
The apple, currently named RS103-130, is being hailed by the team of scientists as â€˜the world’s best appleâ€™ thanks to its sweet taste, longevity and resistance to disease. In fact, the deep red apple is so resistant to disease, it requires few or no fungicides. Guy Barter, chief horticultural adviser for the Royal Horticultural Society, said the new variety’s longevity could give it a major advantage over other apples.
In taste tests against five other apples, the new RS103-130 variety scored highest.
Dez Barbara, a senior research scientist at the University of Warwick’s Horticulture Research International, told Green the new apple could be quite a breakthrough, but also had words of caution. “With apples, you’ve got to take into account things such as how easy they are to grow and pick,” Dr. Barbara said. “Above all, consumers have got to like them â€“ if consumers won’t buy them, producers won’t grow them.”
The apple certainly sounds good. Let’s hope it makes it to the U.S. soonâ€”and that it gets a catchier name. How about â€˜Forever Redâ€™?
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