Company Creates Coating To Double Ripeness Life Of Avocados

June 25, 2018

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 Avocados are wildly popular but ne of the biggest turnoffs is their brief window of ripeness.  Usually the green fruit is ripe for 2-3 days. However one company says they've been able to double the time avocados are ripe. A California company has come up with a tasteless coating that controls the two main factors that cause fresh produce to go bad: the rate at which water escapes the surface of the fruit and vegetables and the rate at which oxygen enters. This allows treated produce to stay fresh for longer, from 4 to 6 days.  The company that created the coating hopes its technology can also reduce the amount of fruit and vegetables that are thrown out by retailers and consumers because of spoilage. The coating is made from naturally occurring lipids extracted from discarded fruit or vegetable waste, including tomatoes, grapes, wasted seeds. These lipids are turned into a powder that can be reconstituted with water to create a dip or a spray. If successful the company says its coating can be used on other items including strawberries, mangoes, apples, bananas, kumquats and asparagus.

SOURCE: The Guardian

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