Published On: Thu, Jul 26th, 2018

Reasons for fruits turning brown and simple tricks to prevent it

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We come across endless issues when coming to the kitchen and few of the issues are very regular and we desperately look for an easy trick to solve them.

Why do fruits turn brown after cutting?

One of the common issue is fruits turning brown after we cut. When we cut fresh fruits like apple, the internal cells in the fruit are damaged and those damaged cells when exposed to air react and result in the formation of an enzyme polyphenol that causes iron oxide to form a layer.

In this post, let us see some simple and effective tips to prevent fruits from turning brown.

Soak fruits in cold water

After cutting the fruits, they are exposed to oxygen and to prevent it from reactions, soak the cut fruits in cold water. Take care that the cut fruits are soaked fully and nor partially.

Soak fruits in salt water

As per the tips from the food experts, they suggest to soak the fresh cut fruits in salt water solution for 3-5 minutes. To prepare salt water solution add half teaspoon of salt per quarter of water.

Wrap fruit using a elastic band

After you cut the fruits, again put the cut pieces in the original shape and wrap them tighly using a rubber band so that the cut part is not exposed to air.

Lemon juice prevent fruits from turning brown

Another simple and effective solution is to dip the fruits in fresh lemon juice as it contains citric acid and slows down the enzymatic reaction and can prevent fruits from turning brown.


You can also soak fruits in ginger ale or any with citric acid to prevent fruits from turning brown. Soda may change the taste of the fruit so to balance it, sprinkle some white sugar to reduce the soda effect on fruits.

Air tight bags

If you have no time to follow the above tips, simply you can have a stock of readily available air-tight sealed plastic bags to prevent cut fruits from turning brown.

Sprinkle ascorbic acid powder

Ascorbic acid is nothing but Vitamin C and is easily available in any food store. You can sprinkle the ascorbic acid powder on fresh-cut fruits and you can put them at room temperature or even refrigerate.

Hope you find the article helpful. Comment your views after trying these simple tips to prevent fruits from turning brown.

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