WATCH: Yikes! Your Apples Are Probably a Year Old
Growers call the process "putting the apples to sleep."
Fall is the season of apple orchard visits and whipping up endless batches of your famed spiced apple preserves. But did you know the doc's favorite fruit hides a little-known secret beneath it's glossy exterior?
Apples are actually only harvested once a year in America (from the months of August to November), and they're typically whisked off to storage until they are ready to be sold, as Reader's Digest reports. Housed in temperature-controlled storage, apples can stay fresh for months in low humidity conditions. For the consumer, that means by the time your apple finally makes it to the grocery store aisles, it could have been picked up to 10 months ago.
You may think "yikes," but despite the ostensible gross factor, it's actually completely fine. "Apples may lose a bit of their acid in storage, but it's not something consumers should worry about,"James Mattheis, a researcher with the United States Department of Agriculture, told the Huffington Post. He added that the storage process also doesn't alter the vitamin or mineral content of the rose family fruit by any substantial amount.
Even if our doctors were right after all, we may never look at the apple the same way.