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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