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Ensuring Quality in an Autumn Classic: The Apple
17 September 2019
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As October arrives so do many delicious varieties of apples on the supermarket shelves. Apples are 'the original fruit' of Northern Europe and almost every country has its own unique old variety. Long before berries and bananas became popular, people ate apples.
There are few fruits, like blueberries, that have shown such a strong growth in consumption. Blueberries are now one of the fastest growing fruits on the market. This is mostly because blueberries are convenient, healthy, tasty and visually attractive.
Summer holidays have come to an end, and that dreaded phrase Back to School is hanging over the nation's children. Once the school shoes and stationery are sorted, the contents of the daily lunch box is next on the list.
Regardless of the variety, melons all do well under the same growing conditions; conversely, they are all susceptible to the same problems. When a crop isn't growing in good cultural conditions, problems may arise further along the supply chain.
While the Galia is popular in Western Europe, the Cantaloupe is one of the most popular choices in the South, competing against other varieties such as Honey Dew.