Along with grains, fruits and vegetables are, or should be, the mainstay of our daily diet. It would be a great incentive, even for a reluctant dieter, if those fruits were to be sweet and fragrant – that is to say, fully ripe and at their prime. Unripe, even underripe, fruits are not high on the list of things likely to tempt me, or anyone else for that matter.
The catch here is that in today’s urbanized world, few can afford the luxury of plucking a ripe fruit off the tree; our orchard lies along the produce aisle of the nearest supermarket. Unfortunately the long chain of supply route forces the markets to harvest the produce well before their prime, even for those fruits that scientists say will not ripen once they are plucked.
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