Apples are best in the fall, so while I do eat them all year round, I focus on other fruits in the spring/summer. We just got our first cherries from BC, and the Washington cherries have been in stores for a few weeks.
It's just my opinion, but I think that the quality of the produce available in stores has decreased quite a bit in the past several years. Most of it is grown to look good and ship well, but taste does not seem to be a big factor these days. I really dislike that waxy coating that they put on the apples to make them look good. My husband buys and eats apples from the store, but I don't like them. I have three apple trees and I wait for the apples to be ripe on them, I eat different fruits the rest of the year (depending on what's in season).
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It could be just bad luck, or wrong time of year like others said. However, if you've been reducing your intake of sodium and sugary foods, and increasing intake of whole foods, that may be the reason. When you improve your diet, often times your tastebuds repair and you can differentiate between low and high quality produce a lot better. I'd recommend just purchasing elsewhere.
Just read an article that said, most apples in the USA are picked before they are really ripe, then treated with 1-methylcyclopropene also known as 1-MCP, then waxed, then sprayed with a fungicide and stored for 9 to 12 months.
They said it's best to buy your apples in season from local orchards. Now I need to find a local orchard.
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