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Fang 09-19-2009 06:30 PM

What are the brown splotches inside my apples?
 
I bought some honeycrisp apples today, cut open the first one and saw the brown splotches in this picture (they look browner in real life, somewhat reddish in the picture due to the flash). I cut in at several points and saw the same thing. I didn't eat it since that sort of freaked me out.

I also cut open another one, ate a bit, then noticed on my next slice that the second one contains some of these brown patches as well (but smaller and fewer). What are these? Are the apples OK to eat? The patches don't have any particular texture, maybe a bit softer than the rest of the apple but not really. It smells normal and the outside looks fine.

Squink 09-19-2009 06:45 PM

Quote:

Internal browning, thought to result from CO2 injury, has been reported in Fuji, Cox's Orange Pippin, Braeburn and Jonathan apples. The disorder is associated with later harvested, large, and overmature fruit and with CO2 concentrations in storage. Higher concentrations of CO2 result in greater incidence and severity of internal browning. Incidence and severity of this disorder varies season to season and orchard to orchard. The reasons for this variability are unknown but some have suggested an association with cool, wet weather and high nitrogen fertilization
http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/Produ...apintern.shtml


I thought Honeycrisp became popular because it stored well, however U Minn. claims it is susceptible to internal browning:
http://smfarm.cfans.umn.edu/honeycrisp.htm

Your apples were likely stored improperly; at the orchard, in transit, or at the store.

Fang 09-19-2009 08:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Squink (Post 11574428)
http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/Produ...apintern.shtml


I thought Honeycrisp became popular because it stored well, however U Minn. claims it is susceptible to internal browning:
http://smfarm.cfans.umn.edu/honeycrisp.htm

Your apples were likely stored improperly; at the orchard, in transit, or at the store.

Interesting, thanks for the quick response. Do you think these are safe to eat or should I throw them out?

Squink 09-19-2009 08:40 PM

Sure, they're safe to eat. They'll just get mushy and not very tasty if the browning goes much further. If you've got a lot of them put them in the fridge or other cool spot to slow down the continued browning.

xtiml 08-22-2014 09:04 PM

brown discoloration in apples,
 
Yes me too, and I have never seen this before in any apple,I have picked apples in summers gonew. they appear only (for this area) in these nice looking waxy red delicious apples. I wouldnt eat it and the farmer should be hung for selling this crap. it is either a preservative or something nastyanyways they arent fit to eat or sell but they look real good , this guy is glossing over a serious problem of selling bad fruit and blaming it blithely on co2 gases and shit I know a storage apple when i have one and i dont like them and when they are past they should not be sold and farmer take his damn loss. it would nt be a losss if he used it to feed his animals not us.brown discoliration is semthing other than gases as i have never seen this particular wierdness before 6 decades.been here.sure you can eat them like he sez but i question if he has any brains yu can eat them he wouldnt.

Guinastasia 08-24-2014 06:16 PM

I've seen that after I've sliced them and let them sit for awhile (like I took them for lunch), but I've never seen them inside an apple.



(Anyone else read this as in my anus?)

Gary T 08-24-2014 09:12 PM

Probably storage for 5 years produces zombie apples.

teela brown 08-25-2014 07:54 PM

When I opened the thread, I got all excited because I thought that honeycrisp season had started. Then I saw the date of the OP. Oh, well, it's not that far off.


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