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Another learning experience for me.

I never thought to read the ingredients on my Kroger Red Delicious apples. I glanced at it today after bringing them home from the store, and it turns out they're coated with, among other things, beeswax.


Does anybody know if this a common practice? I've heard of it being used on cheese, but apples? I wonder if it's being used on any other produce...
 

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Well this is a really old article but:

"There are 21 fruits and vegetables that may be waxed: apples, avocados, bell peppers, cantaloupes, cucumbers, eggplants, grapefruits, lemons, limes, melons, oranges, parsnips, passion fruits, peaches, pineapples, pumpkins, rutabagas, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and turnips."

from http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1...esticide-alert
 

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And from a site about kosher certification, which I would expect to be more thorough in their examination:

Citrus Fruits:\tgrapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges,tangerines
\t\t\t\t\t\t\tMelons:\tcantaloupe, honeydew
\t\t\t\t\t\t\tPome Fruits:\tapples, pears
\t\t\t\t\t\t\tStone Fruits:\tnectarines, peaches, plums
\t\t\t\t\t\t\tTropical Fruits:\tmangos, papayas, passion fruit
\t\t\t\t\t\t\tVegetables:\tavocados, bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant,green peppers,hotpeppers, parsnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, squash, tomatoes,and turnips.

http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-vegetables-wax.htm
 

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That's one of the reasons I started trying to grow as much of my own food as I could. Even the stuff that should be simple, safe, healthy....isn't!
 
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