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    Posted on April 27th, 2011 Pam 2 comments

    This is just a thought I came up with the other day.

    When a fruit or vegetable is canned commercially it has an expiration date on the bottom of the can right? When buying a can of beans, by just looking on the bottom, you can find out how fresh the can is. If today is 05/27/11 and the date on the can is 12/10/10, it is out dated and you know not to purchase the can. Pretty simple, the key is to look at the date, before purchasing the item.

    Well why not do the same with fresh fruit and vegetables? Maybe it may not be necessary to put the expiration date on the item, but what about a picked date? Wouldn’t you want to know when those ‘Delicious’ apples were picked? Were they picked two weeks ago, three months ago, six months ago, nine months ago or over a year ago? Wouldn’t it be nice to know when they were picked, so a better purchasing decision could be made?

    Why are the picked dates not disclosed? Well, my guess is that if you knew the item was picked several months ago, you wouldn’t purchase it. If the banana you wanted to buy was over three months old, there wouldn’t be much nutritional value left in the banana.

    Even just a few weeks make a big difference in what nutritional value is left in each fruit or vegetable. Imagine waiting 9 to 16 months to eat apples or even potatoes. I think if the dates were provided on fruits and vegetables, consumers would have a choice and maybe things would be delivered a little sooner.

    I know, some things have to be stored long term so we can have them all year long, but is that the real solution? ‘To everything there is a season…’

    What do you think?


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    • I think that’s a fantastic idea! I also think that it would make growers and sellers improve their methods of distribution. Fruit is picked when it’s still green in order to survive the trip to different parts of the county/world. So, a fresh-looking banana was actually picked, say, a week ago and ripened on the trip. Who wants to buy a week-old banana? If the growers would indicate the date a piece of fruit is picked, this would help them improve distribution, and would therefore improve fruit quality.

      I’m for it!

    • Thanks for the comment, Devin. I know, we are forced to buy what is available, not knowing anything about picking or shipping history. Also, we never know what types of pesticides or other things are sprayed on the food to extend it’s life.

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