A rotten apple like you’ve never seen before

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Here, look at this thing …

Close up:

Anybody have a clue what the heck that is? It looks like chewed up apple substance that has turned black. It does not smell bad, and Huxley did not notice any taste other than that of apple when he bit into this fruit. I can’t find a similar thing on the Internet.

Curse you Johnny Appleseed!

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12 thoughts on “A rotten apple like you’ve never seen before

  1. The two core rots that I’m familiar with are Alternaria mali and Mucor piriformis. I’m not sure that mucor is the cause in this case, but given that the apple is the abominable Red Delicious it’s possible that there’s atypical growth. Penicillium expansum also causes core rot, but I don’t think it’s that.

    Red Delicious is an example, along with Grosse Lisse tomatoes, of commercial imperatives destroying the taste and/or nutrition value of food. By all accounts the original Red Delicious was a great-tasting apple, but over the last century a number of somatic mutations were selected for and the result is an apple that, unless eaten straight off the branch (and even that is not a great cure…), is a mealy mess of unbalanced sugar and non-acid flesh that degrades at a rapid rate of knots whilst pretending on the outside that it’s hunky-dory.

    It’s a travesty of an apple and I’d suggest that folk try any of the hundreds of other and far more appealing varieties that are available. Better still, do some research and grow your own rare varieties – once you’ve had an apple straight off the tree you’ll wonder why you paid so much for the shadows of apples that are sold in shops. One of my favourites is a fresh Golden Delicious – not rare, and not a great commercial apple as they do not keep well, but to have them off the tree is an experience. Mine never make it inside the house – the kids hunt them and pick them as soon as they are ripe.

    1. One of my favourites is a fresh Golden Delicious…

      Now there’s a thing, that an apple should be named thus and be practically tasteless was a running joke here in UK when supermarkets started importing these things at the expense of numerous really nice native varieties most of which suddenly became endangered as orchards were grubbed up for other purposes.

      Thankfully the mistake that was, from a supermarket desire for uniform shape and size at the expense of taste and texture (some blame the EU), has now been recognised and there have been attempts at recovering many native varieties.

    2. Lionel, the Golden Delicious is not an apple that should be stored for more than a few days at the most. They really do suffer from being off the tree, but picked after a couple of days of autumn rain they’re spectacular. If you know someone who might grow one I’d recommend a try – fresh, they’re nothing like the sad things that languish in shops.

      Which reminds me, I have some almost ready on my tree…

      I am fortunate that I live in a corner of the world renowned for its apples. We actually have a lot of your endangered varieties in cultivation here, and to go to an nursery apple tasting is an experience that’s difficult to describe – tasting fresh dozens of different varieties, with flavours that are as varied as are their shapes and colours, is indescribable.

  2. Bernard J

    I am fortunate that I live in a corner of the world renowned for its apples.

    I live in a corner of the world that was once renowned for its apples, and cider, then the supermarkets happened. Indeed I grew up not far from the Malvern Hills and the Vale of Evesham renowned for its pears, apples and also plums. I used to ramble with my grandfather across the Cotswolds, the Forrest of Dean (I can still remember the routes we took there) and did the Malvern walk many a time. That was good early practice for the hikes with full packs across the Scottish Highlands during my early service period – I continued with the rambles during periods of leave.

    1. Lionel, I envy you your geographical location. You’re in pome and stone fruit heaven.

      Yeah, supermarkets… Fortunately we have a peculiar (in the Western context) rich local culture of locally-grown food (some of the best in the world now, including wasabi and truffles) and we still have the peculiar phenomena of local produce stores and even roadside honesty boxes – that aren’t pilfered.

      I am fortunate.

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  4. Bernard J.: once you’ve had an apple straight off the tree you’ll wonder why you paid so much for the shadows of apples that are sold in shops.

    When I was a kid in York, PA, my best friend’s dad owned an orchard. He grew apples mostly, but also some peaches. I still remember the taste of a peach I had there, fresh off a tree.

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