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Tattooed Apples

Ediblegeography.com delves into the history of apple tattooing. The concept is simple. You place a stencil on the fruit so that part of the skin isn't exposed to the sun, leaving a permanent image when the stencil is removed. However, getting it right is time consuming, so it's not a practice commercial farmers are likely to adopt. Pity, since I'd much prefer an apple tattoo over those obnoxious stickers that all the supermarket apples have on them. See more images of tattooed apples at the Société Régionale d’Horticulture de Montreuil.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 19, 2013 | Number of Comments: 6
Category: Food
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It just came to me - advertising on an apple.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 02/19/13 at 10:45 AM
Step 1: Develop a nontoxic ink which reflects/blocks only the appropriate wavelengths (ultraviolet?) so it's virtually invisible to the human eye.

Step 2: Build a fast and silent automated stamper which can apply the ink to hundreds of apples an hour.

Result: A farmer very surprised to find his orchard is full of apples bearing the message: "Eat More Meat."
Posted by Phideaux in in his own little world on 02/19/13 at 02:04 PM
That tattoo of Che is amazing.

Once they have a stencil that works, couldn't they just replicate it on a slightly sticky material? That should bring down the cost and time required per tattoo.
Posted by Harvey on 02/19/13 at 04:59 PM
Wouldn't lasers work?

And, while we're at it... Didn't I read somewhere that Che Guevara was really just a flake and didn't have 'the right stuff' to be a good revolutionary?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/19/13 at 11:19 PM
I like your idea Phideaux! That or eat more veggies. They will find a way to make it easy to do if it becomes financially expedient to do so.
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 02/20/13 at 08:26 AM
Che was a very interesting and thoughtful guy who put his life on the line and didn't much cotton to autocrats of any stripe. He couldn't stay away from the action, and that caught up with him.
Posted by Harvey on 02/21/13 at 07:43 AM
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