Lori Zimmer

Apples Aren't as Sweet Anymore, and Climate Change is to Blame

by , 08/16/13
filed under: Botanical

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Fuji apples have always been known to be one of the sweetest varieties to take a bite out of, but if you noticed that apples are tasting a little less sweet these days, you probably aren’t mistaken. Scientists in Japan have been comparing the quality of Fuji apples to studies in the 1970s, with surprising results. It seems today’s apples just aren’t as delicious; the modern day fruits are mealier and more susceptible to disease, with climate change to blame.



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Back in the 1970s, apples were at their prime, packing a yummy crunch, as well as a healthy fruit plant. But researchers have found that today’s apple is quiet different. Across the board, the apples that were tested were mealier, having a lower concentration of flavor-producing malic acid, less firm (making them easier to bruise), and more apt to disease. The apples are also more susceptible to watercore, which breaks down the fruit’s insides as soon as they mature, making them edible even faster.

Research has found that climate change is the culprit of the Fuji apple’s decline in quality. The data from the apple quality was then compared to climate trends across Nagano and Aomori, Japans major apple growing areas. Since 1970, the temperature in these regions has risen 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit, tricking the apple trees to flower earlier. The confused trees growing cycles’ became out of whack, resulting in a slow decline of the favorite fruit.

The study concerns only Fuji apples, but its nature has proven that climate change may not only eliminate some of our favorite foods, but also render other to be unpalatable.

Via Gizmodo

Images © APM Alex and bgreenlee

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  1. kevin9 kevin9 August 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Would be interested to know if other fruit besides fuji apples have been affected. The article says climate change is to blame and the links to rice and other crops show it is indeed a factor, but I cannot help wonder if this is the sole reason for the deterioration of fuji apples. The pictures make it look like the apples are rotten and had been infested with bugs.

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