Supermarket fruit and veg
In these modern times of convenience,all kinds of fruit available at all times of the year etc.,are we paying the price for this with the interference of nature's natural rhythms?
Take peaches for example. I recently bought a pack at a well known supermarket,one of the big four. On getting home the peaches were like cricket balls,rock hard and clearly not ripe. I decided to leave them a few days,like you do,to ripen up. Imagine my surprise on finding they had turned to mush seemingly overnight. It was as though I had a very small window of opportunity in which to eat them.
This got me thinking about the reputed length of time in which these fruits are kept refrigerated. I've heard apples are kept at low temperatures for anything up to a year. If you look at the natural process involved with ripening fruit,that peach wants to either be eaten by some large herbivore and deposited with its ready made manure heap or allowed to rot. If us humans continually delay this natural process,does nature try to make up for lost time? Thus we get unripe peaches going rotten in what seems like hours rather than days or weeks. I've noticed the same with oranges,with the centre of them going brown very quickly once they are exposed to room temperature. Do other factors come into play when ripening is delayed for such duration? Do certain bacterias living on or in the fruit take advantage of this delay? Are we trying to alter tens of thousands of years of evolution in just the space of a few decades?