Sir: I have been unable to buy a crispy, fresh apple in any major supermarket for several years. I had it confirmed by a grocery manager of a leading supermarket, that apples, and indeed other fruit and veg, are harvested and then stored in warehouses under specific conditions (airtight, oxygen removed and replaced by carbon dioxide) and then can be sold as fresh for up to two years.
This is not honest to the purchaser who thinks they are buying fresh fruit - they are not. Apples of any variety are soft, ‘soggy’ and bland to taste. Children today won’t know the true taste of really fresh fruit & veg and people of my age will be led back to local markets.