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May 1998 Issue

A Slippery Subject: Trying to Avoid the Wax on Produce

Q. Can I avoid waxed produce by choosing organic fruits and vegetables? A. In most cases, yes. Though waxes are used on some organically grown produce, they are more commonly found on conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Why are they used? Waxes reduce moisture loss by as much as 40%, which allows produce to stay fresh longer. While most organic produce is not waxed, there are some exceptions. Citrus fruits—lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges

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