How Calcium Helps Keep Apples Fresh And Crisp.By BenOni | February 22, 2023
When apples are picked, they are immediately covered with a natural waxy substance called the bloom. This bloom helps to protect the apples from damage and dehydration. However, over time the bloom will begin to wear off, leaving the apples vulnerable to bruising and dehydration.
One way to help keep apples fresh and crisp is to apply a calcium spray to them. Calcium helps to replace the lost bloom and creates a barrier that helps to protect the apples from damage.
Calcium sprays are available from most garden stores and are easy to apply. Simply spray the calcium onto the apples and allow them to dry.
If you are not able to find a calcium spray, you can also try dipping the apples in a solution of one part calcium chloride and two parts water.
Whatever method you choose, be sure to apply the calcium before the apples are stored. Applying calcium after the apples are stored will not have the same protective effect.
When apples are picked, they are immediately coated with a thin layer of calcium chloride, which helps to keep them fresh and crisp. Calcium chloride is a natural substance that helps to regulate the amount of water in the fruit, preventing the apples from dehydrating and becoming mushy.
When apples are stored in a cool, humid environment, the calcium chloride helps to keep them fresh and crisp for a longer period of time.
Apples that are stored in a warm, dry environment will dehydrate and become mushy more quickly.
The calcium chloride coating can also help to prevent bruising and browning of the fruit.
Apples that are coated with calcium chloride are safe to eat and there is no need to remove the coating before eating.