A mum was shocked to discover fruit sold in a coffee shop is not vegan.

Emma Boylan was researching produce sold at Costa Coffee when she noticed something surprising.

The chain had listed items such as apples and easy peeler satsuma as non-vegan friendly.

Other seemingly animal product free options not making the grade included fresh fruit salad and the kids fruit snack box.

The mother-of-three from Watford took to Twitter to question why this was.

She tweeted: "Hi @CostaCoffee. What hapens to fruit in your shops to make them not began, please? Are they coated in beeswax?"

The school governor's hunch that the reason might be because they were coated in beeswax turned out to be correct.

When Emma posted her findings to the Veganuary Facebook page social media users echoed her surprise.

"It's quite important we know this and perhaps get them to make a change," one wrote.

Another added: "Would never have occurred to me to ask about fruit before I bought it."

Another controversial fruit in the vegan world is the fig.

Unusually, figs are pollinated by wasps which enter the plant's flower and then get trapped.

The wasp wanders around, pollinating the flower as it does but also wearing itself down through exhaustion.

Eventually it dies and is broken down by protein-digesting enzymes.


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