Nonperishable Apeel-Coated Avocados to Hit US Stores


Apeel coating made from waste plant material is being used on avocados sold in US supermarkets

Previous studies reported use of edible coatings developed from silk, pectin, and chitosan, which can be efficiently used to prolong shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Recently Apeel Sciences, California-based Company developed new form of coating made from non-toxic organic compounds known as lipids and glycerolipids, which are derived from the unwanted peels, seeds and pulp of various types of vegetables and fruit.

The coating is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It is typically applied to produce in a dipping process to form a barrier that helps keep moisture from dissipating out of the fruit/vegetable, while minimizing the oxygen entry. According to the company, this coating allows avocados to stay fresh two to three times longer than the normal. Also, the coating reduces wastage of fruit and vegetables due to spoilage. It allows growers to pick and ship produce when it’s actually ripe, as opposed to picking under ripe produce that then ripens in stores or consumer’s homes.

Furthermore, Apeel is made from ingredients approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute and it can be used as organic fruit and vegetables without altering their organic status. The avocados currently available are grown by Eco Farms and Del Rey Avocado, and can be found in Costco and Harps Food Stores in the midwest US. However, the company did not disclose anything regarding pricing of coated avocados.

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