FOOD: Apples Go to War

Unveiled last week were two discoveries which plopped the humble apple smack in the middle of the U.S. war effort:

> Virginia's apple-cheeked applegrower Senator Harry Byrd announced that Agriculture Department chemists had concocted a sweet apple syrup to double for hard-to-get sugar and glycerine.

> Other Agricultural Department chemists revealed new wartime medicinal uses for pectin, the chemical in apples which makes jelly jell. Working on Navy orders the chemists discovered: 1) pectin paste and tannic acid is a natural for battle burns; 2) pectin is a good stand-in for Jap-controlled agar-agar, intestinal lubricant.


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