The Engineering Behind a Good Apple


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By: Tomi Vacca, Journalist

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Whether you’re on the go or sitting on the couch watching TV, the apple can be a great snack or a flavoring for a variety of different dishes. But how is a good apple made? Well the most common apple is the Fuji apple, its sweet, juicy, and crisp. But of course it didn’t start that way, scientists had to painstakingly try different combinations of apples to get the exact texture, color, and taste of a good apple. Then Japanese scientists in the 1930s figured out the golden combination for an apple, the Red

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Delicious apple and the Ralls Janet apple. The process of apple breeding is actually quite simple. The apple trees are cut lightly and a small part of a different tree is put into the stem, the will fuse and then there’s a new type of apple. This process has been engineered and revised over the years to all try and maximize the taste of 1 type of fruit.

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