2011 apple and pear season could be longest on record
Published: 9 Sep 2011
The 2011 apple and pear season is all set to be the longest on record, thanks to an ingenious product which can naturally extend the post-harvest life of Britain's favourite fruits, Fresh Pod.
Like all fruit and vegetables, apples and pears both produce ethylene gas as they age and ripen. Ethylene gas is odourless, tasteless and builds up in storage areas, chillers and distribution containers causing produce to rot prematurely. According to independent research by the University of California between 25-46% of post-harvest produce is lost due to the effects of ethylene, with apples and pears highly sensitive to the effects of the gas. Recent independent research from QMS Agri Science Fresh Pod has been proven to eliminate over 95% of ethylene, as well as eliminating viruses, sour rot, blue mould, brown mould, fungi and air-borne bacteria from storage environments.
Whilst ethylene gas is used under controlled conditions as a ripening agent, even small amounts of ethylene during shipping and storage causes fresh produce to deteriorate faster. Vehicle emissions, plastics, smoke and fluorescent lights all increase ethylene gas levels and can cause serious damage to post-harvest produce. Therefore, controlling ethylene levels, by using Fresh Pod, post-harvest will extend the life-cycle of the commodity, increasing yield and saving money.
Independent tests have also proven Fresh Pod also improves the quality of produce. For example, in apples, Fresh Pod is proven to maintain firmness and acidity, reducing scald and loss of crunch in both chilled and non-chilled environments. As if that wasn't enough, after storage use, Fresh Pod's contents make a great, natural and nutritional fertiliser.