Apple mouldy at the core?
I was happily munching my apple today when I got to the core and discovered copious amounts what looked like white mould.
The apple was perfectly tasty, but now I'm a little freaked out that my next apple might be mouldy at the centre as well. Ick. Is there a way to tell from the outside?
Or is this a normal phenomenon I just haven't happened to encounter before?
I've never had that happen before...but I'm now completely horrified at the prospect. Did you get sick?!
sounds like moldy core rot - it's caused by a fungus that infects the apple during the flowering stage. if you Google you'll find info. the mold is typically isolated in the core, so you shouldn't get sick. unfortunately i think the only way to tell from the outside is before the apple is picked - you can see a difference in the way it flowers.
I stay away from the darker mold at the bottom of the apple where it's sometimes infected at the flower part. But the white mold inside, I often munch right through it; no issues so far. Although I'm sure I'm a lucky fellow without an allergy or some reason to have a reaction.
How about cutting it in half before eating?
Look at the stem end or bottom. Sometimes they look weird. I've cut into apples that were buggy at the core.
I didn't get sick, and yes, we all consume a little mould now and then.
But it's still a little off-putting to be munching what seems to be a perfectly good apple and discover a ton of mould inside!
Cutting the apples in half to check for the next little while sounds like a good idea. Reassuring to know what you're biting into, at least.