Longer-Lasting Avocados Are Coming to Kroger Stores
This could be a game-changer for your salads, smoothies, omelettes—and yes, your avo toast.
If you're tired of your avocados turning brown and mushy within days of bringing them home from the store, you're going to love this news.
Grocery chain Kroger is introducing longer-lasting avocados to some of its stores, and it could mean the end of spending a lot of money on produce that goes bad before you get to even use it. (Related: Incredible Avocado Nutrition Facts That Solidify Your Love for the Fruit)
The Ohio-based grocery chain is expanding its partnership with Apeel Sciences, a start-up based in Santa Barbara, California that developed a plant-derived technology to help slow the rate of water loss and oxidation in fresh produce, which is what leads to your fresh fruits and veggies going bad so quickly.
The plant-based technology, which comes in the form of a powder solution, is used to coat avocados, giving them an extra "peel" (hence the company's name) that keeps them fresher for longer, Apeel CEO, James Rogers explained to USA Today.
"We use food to preserve food," Rogers said of the edible coating. "You can't see it, you can't taste it, you can't feel it, but by precisely controlling the combination of plant materials that we use with these formulas, we're able to slow down the rate that a piece of fruit ages."
The powder is mixed with water and is then applied to the beloved green fruit, locking in moisture and blocking oxygen, which can, in turn, double the shelf life of your avocados. (Related: 8 Hacks to Make Healthy Foods Last Longer)
Not only is this good for your meal prep, but it's also great for your budget and the environment since you'll buy (and toss) fewer avocados each week. Kroger is working to eliminate company-wide food waste by 2025, in addition to helping to end hunger within the communities it serves. And considering 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is thrown away, Kroger's mission is certainly worthwhile all-around.
So far, the Apeel-treated avocados will be on sale at 1,100 of Kroger's 2,800 stores nationwide, and both companies are working to increase availability, store locations, retailers, and even different types of produce treated, including asparagus and limes, which are currently sold at two Kroger locations, as well as berries and tomatoes.
"Apeel's innovative food-based solution has proven to extend the life of perishable produce, reducing food waste in transport, in our retail stores and in our customers' homes," Frank Romero, Kroger's vice president of produce, told USA Today.
As for what the coating is made of, Apeel says it's a mix of "plant-derived materials—lipids and glycerolipids—that exist in the peels, seeds, and pulp of all the fruits and vegetables we already eat." The FDA recognizes these additives as safe, so Apeel doesn't need government approval, according to CNN. (Related: Holy Sh*t, Apparently We Should All Be Washing Our Avocados)
Perhaps the best part? Apeel-treated avocados won't go up in price at Kroger's locations, so you won't have to spend more to make your daily avocado smoothies, salads, or avocado toast.
And with millions of avocados spared from ending up in landfills due to premature spoilage, Apeel's technology could help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to climate change, not to mention protect farmlands and save more than a billion gallons of water, according to CNN. Sounds like a win-win for our favorite versatile green fruit.