GMO apples that never brown could hit stores soon

Golden Delicious apples are among the Arctic's non-browning varieties.

Story highlights

  • The USDA approved the GMO apples nearly two years ago
  • Non-browning apples will only be available in Midwest stores for now, company says

(CNN)For a select few apple lovers in the US, a Golden Delicious slice will no longer turn brown as the first genetically modified apples are expected to go on sale early next month.

A small amount of Arctic brand sliced and packaged Golden Delicious apples, produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits in British Columbia, Canada, will hit the shelves of 10 stores in the Midwest in February and March, Neal Carter, the company's founder and president, told the agricultural news website Capital Press. Arctic's website lists the apples as being available early this year in some test markets.
Carter said Midwestern stores were the first choice because they seemed like a good fit demographically and in size. He wouldn't name the stores, stating it's up to retailers to announce that they'll be selling the non-browning apples.
    "We're very optimistic with respect to this product because people love it at trade shows," he said earlier this month. "It's a great product and the eating quality is excellent."
    Along with not turning brown, the apples should also be crispier in texture -- possibly winning over some picky eaters.
    Nearly two years ago, the US Department of Agriculture approved the US's first genetically modified apples.
    New frontier in apples: Red or golden but never brown