Miracle fruit stays fresh for a year

Genesis: Created at Washington State University, its creators say this apple will change the world.

Is this the future of food? Scientists have invented a new type of apple that does not brown for 12 whole months. Some people think it is wonderful, but others say it is creepy.

What’s happening

You buy an apple and put it in the fridge, where it sits at the back of the shelf. Twelve months later, you take it out and bite into the fruit. It is crisp, juicy and tastes just as good as the day it was plucked from the tree.

Meet the Cosmic Crisp, a brand new type of apple!

Find out more

Scientists worked for 20 years to create the Cosmic Crisp. They say that it is the “perfect” fruit, staying juicy and fresh for a whole year. Its name comes from tiny, white spots on its red skin that look like stars.

Thanks to new technology, scientists can even change the DNA of certain foods. They are also working on potatoes that do not bruise, and virus-resistant pigs.

Some even think that, within 100 years, our whole diet could be made “perfect” food that never rots or goes stale.

Is it wonderful or creepy?

Some say…

It is creepy. Apples are one of our oldest foods. It is wrong to change nature too much.

Others think…

It’s wonderful! We throw away far too much food. If food never goes off, then much less food will be wasted. Everyone wins.

You Decide

  1. What is the best kind of fruit?

Activities

  1. Design your own advertising poster for a new type of fruit. Give it a special name like Cosmic Crisp.

Some People Say...

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

A proverb.

What do you think?

Word Watch

Cosmic
To do with space and the stars.
Perfect
Nothing at all wrong with it.
DNA
The tiny cells passed down from parents to child that decide how we look.
Virus-resistant
When you cannot get sick from certain illnesses.

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