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Shiny apple - what is it coated with?

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  1. karaman

    karaman Gardener

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    hallo,

    i am really put off by the shine on apples i bought from supermarket the other day --- what is it covered with? --- i dont like apples excpet apple-juice so i usually mash them up and extract the juice --- however, really put off by the shine on them, what exactly am i drinking? -- can always peel them but that would take forever and a day....
     

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    They usually use some sort of wax to make them more shiny, resilient to rotting and keep them from loosing too much water (shriveling).

    I heard it's safe to eat, but prefer to wash them anyway.
     
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      thanks black dog, i think i'll peel them as washing doesnt get rid of the waxy stuff or i wont buy them -- karaman
       
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        Most of the apples I grow in my garden get shiny like that if I rub them gently as it brings out the shine on the natural wax coating that apples produce but can't see that done commercially. The natural wax coating that is on an apple is mostly removed when washed commercially so they coat it with an edible shellac or similar wax.

        There are different schools of thought on whether these edible waxes are harmful or not. :noidea:
         
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          I think if it was dangerous there would be an awful lot of dead people out there by now. :biggrin:
           
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            True, but I wash them (like any other vegetable) because I don't know how many people have touched it or what other things happend to it before I put it in my mouth.
             
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              I wash everything too, Apple's get a a good wash with washing -up liquid, seems to cut through the wax OK.:dbgrtmb:
               
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              Never seem to wash stuff, even things like grapes.
              Not something I've ever done.
               
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                Saw a program once that had infra red type scanners......you should see what was detected on fruit and veg.....even on supposedly prewashed lettuce!!
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                Yuk makes me feel ill just thinking of consuming un washed stuff.

                Mind you I got so very ill about 15 years ago , so bad that I was officially told not to work ( 8 weeks) and not to prepare any family meals. I lost so much weight it was scary.
                All I could put it down to was when I went to visit our ( then) elderly neighbours, she had broken her arm..so he was in charge of all the duties. They offered me a seasonal tipple.... then he proudly showed me the food he had just prepared ...including the turkey!! He was definitely old school, so I don't think washing anything, including hands , ever played a big part in his life...mind you they both lived to their mid 90s......but I can honestly say I have never ever felt so ill ....even now with my dodgy leg for over a year now. Nothing can compare!!
                 
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                  It was unlikely, IMO, to be anything to do with washing things, more likely not cooking the turkey properly.
                   
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                    Oh in that case most definitely turkey related @pete...just saying he was a believer though of not washing anything. I didn't eat there and their turkey was in the oven still when I popped by.
                    Although I had many tests couldn't pinpoint the culprit....strange. Thankfully the rest of my family were OK.
                    Scary though...officially had my Childcare business closed down for a while.:yikes:
                     
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                      Nothing wrong with shiny apples ....

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                        Don't think it would kill people but I think it may make them more grumpy :whistle: :roflol: :old:
                         
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                          There are....the cemeteries are full of them!
                           
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                            As it's highly unlikely that you caught anything from a 'tipple', it sounds like a severe case of washing-up liquid poisoning :roflol:
                             
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