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Grocery store owners spray fresh fruits and vegetables with water?

  1. Sep 17, 2006 #1
    Why do grocery store owners spray fresh fruits and vegetables with water?
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  3. Sep 17, 2006 #2


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    To keep them from wilting.

    "In nature plants maintain a water balance by constantly replacing water
    lost to the atmosphere by water absorbed by the roots. If water loss
    exceeds water replacement, the plant wilts. Harvested produce, whole to
    partial plants, have no means of replacing water lost and they quickly
    wilt. Leafy vegetables like lettuce & spinach would wilt fastest. Waxy
    skinned vegetables like cabbage and fruits like cucumber and apples will
    wilt most slowly. To keep produce firm and fresh, they are sprayed with
    water. Vegetables like potatoes and onions have skins that retard water
    loss so well they don't need spraying."

    Last edited: Sep 17, 2006
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