Miracles of chemistry: In your apple
SmartFresh, the catchy trademarked name for 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), is a new miracle gas that blocks the pesky effects of ethylene, the agent in produce that makes it ripen (New York Times article
). Ingenious apple distributors are using it now, with some amazing results:
- A six-month-old Jonagold treated with SmartFresh is as firm as one stored for two months under traditional methods.
- SmartFresh will make long-distance shipping easier, helping China, for example, send fresh apples to the United States.
- The side-effects are minor: The apple just loses its smell.
- And they don't even need to confuse consumers by putting it on the label.
AgroFresh, the chemical's manufacturer, is currently applying for organic status. Isn't science just tasty?