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What causes brown patches on the skin of apples?

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Brown patches on apples may be caused by the presence of too much oxygen during storage. It is called scald. The condition is similar to the browning that occurs when a cut apple is exposed to air.

Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, NC State University, Raleigh, NC (August 2004) PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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