How is that possible considering there has been ZERO temperature increase over the last 15 years?

Via Food Magazine:

A recent study has found that global warming is causing apples to lose some of their crunch.

The study which was published on Scientific Reports, analysed data gathered from 1970 to 2010 at two orchards in Japan and concluded that the change in global temperatures was having an effect on the taste and texture of apples, SHM reports.

The orchards chosen for the study were located in Japan’s Nagano and Aomori prefectures as the regions experienced no changes in cultivars or management practices for extended periods – ruling out any non-climatic factors which could influence the study.

The study measured levels of acid and sugar concentration, fruit firmness and watercore – a disease that causes water-soaked areas in an apple – and found that while acidity, firmness and watercore decreased, the apples experienced a rise in sugar concentration.

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