Science: Elderly Apples

The apple is a most mysterious fruit, agreed the British Association of Refrigeration when their President Sir William Bate Hardy told them, during their convention in London fortnight ago: "A stream of air which has passed over an apple . . . contains some subtle emanations which profoundly influence other vegetable forms. Potatoes placed in the stream either do not sprout or, if they do. the sprouts are misshapen dwarfs, more like warts than anything else. Bananas are excited to a much more rapid ripening than ordinarily. It is only elderly apples...

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