Polishing apples

I just grabbed an apple from the free fruit bowl (perks!), and started polishing it on my shirt. Am I the only one who picked up this habit as a child? I hadn’t really considered it, but now I remember having contests at primary school to see who could get their apple the shiniest prior to consuming it.

Is it some sort of in-built defence mechanism to attempt to clean all the pesticides off the apple? Or does an apple just taste better when it’s polished?

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  1. http://www.bestapples.com/facts/waxing.html

    It’s because apples you buy from the store are coated in wax. That’s *why* you can shine them. I guess buffing them probably gets rid of a bit of the wax as well. Wax is pretty harmless stuff to consume mind you…just ask anybody that wears lipstick on a daily basis.

  2. http://www.bestapples.com/facts/waxing.html

    It’s because apples you buy from the store are coated in wax. That’s *why* you can shine them. I guess buffing them probably gets rid of a bit of the wax as well. Wax is pretty harmless stuff to consume mind you…just ask anybody that wears lipstick on a daily basis.

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