In general, fruits and vegetables are reportedly 30-40% less
nutritious than they were a generation ago. That is because the producers are creating produce genetically engineered for appearances, to look better or convenience by devoting resources, to say, creating seedless watermelon without those black seeds, instead of making them taste better or more nutritious. I’m sure apples are just as equally being cross-bred for appearance and not for the crisp flavor we all remember back in the day.
I was in the jungle in Taiwan and a local field helper climbed up a banana tree and cut down a HUGE bunch of bananas (like 30 in a single clump). The crew grabbed a bunch and offered me to join in.
Very small (1/3 to 1/2 the size of our bananas) and mottled black and brown skin - looked rotten. The guy showed me one peeled and it looked good, and it had an overpowering smell of banana (like banana taffy candy or something).
And the taste was UNBELIEVABLE!! I was amazed at how strong the banana flavor was (like a taffy or candy) - and the texture of the “meat” was firm yet smooth. There was really NO comparison to our bland, mushy stuff we get in the stores.