- Avocados with an edible coating to slow down the rotting and drying process are now on sale in Europe.
- Apeel Sciences, the inventors of the technology, have partnered with a European supplier. The avocados will be initially stocked in Germany and Denmark.
- The plant-based barrier to preserve freshness is sprayed onto the skin of Apeel's avocados, meaning they can stay ripe for up to six days.
- The coating is tasteless, odorless, colorless, and safe to ingest.
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Avocados with an edible coating sprayed onto their skins to preserve the window of ripeness and reduce food waste will be on sale in Europe from this week.
The tasteless, odorless, colorless, and safe to ingest additional "thin peel" of plant material on the skin slows down water loss and oxidation, allowing for the product to stay fresher for longer.
This means the blink-and-you'll-miss-it ripeness of the perfect avocado you've been saving for Sunday brunch could be a thing of the past.
Approved this year by the European Commission for the fruit and vegetable treatment to be used in the EU, Apeel has partnered up with supplier Nature's Pride.
Big supermarkets across Germany and Denmark will carry the treated fruit from this week, with the UK set to follow selling produce with the edible coating after further consumer trials in 2020, The Guardian reports.
Food waste in the EU costs around €143 billion (roughly $158 billion) and generates an estimated 88 million tonnes.
Apeel's technology also has the potential to dramatically reduce the use of plastic packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables like plastic-wrapped cucumbers.
James Rogers, the chief executive of Apeel Sciences said: "We're creating an optimized microclimate that can double the shelf life [of the fruit]," as reported by The Guardian.
"The average avocado might be ripe for two to three days. Ours will stay ripe for four to six days."
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