How a Mysterious Sticker on an Avocado Gave Me Hope

By Roxanne Griffin


As the saying goes, curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction bought her back. I like to think I’m one of those curious cats. Recently my husband returned home from grocery shopping, and I noticed one of the avocados he purchased had a sticker on it that I’d never seen before. It said ‘Apeel- Plant-based Protection...Longer-lasting Produce’ and included the company’s website. Of note: I later learned the FDA does not require growers or grocers to label treated produce.


I’ll admit that my first inclination was a quiet mental sigh of resignation accompanied by thoughts of ‘Oh, no! Now what chemical(s) has the industry come up with to modify our produce and poison us?’ I gently removed the sticker and adhered it to my ever growing ‘to-do’ list for further investigation when time permitted.


Days later on a bright, blue sky, windless Colorado day, I talked my husband into joining me on the front porch for margaritas, chips and guacamole. It helped that I suggested he bring the radio so we could listen to the Rockies opening game of the season!


photo by Matthias Oben from Pixels


We’d just returned from a short hike, and I was super hungry given it was way past lunch hour. After making the offer, I realized I may have spoken in ravenous haste. It had been close to a week since the avocados were purchased and you kno