can i cut off brown rot and eat rest?

johndoug(z6 Philly)August 5, 2012

couple questions.

i did buy fungicides to help me going forward, but question is for peaches that have brown rot spots (they haven't progressed through whole peach), can i cut them off and eat the rest of the peach?

also, as the brown rot progesses fast towards the peach getting ripe, if i pick the peach before it getting ripe, without any brown rot spots, when it ripens inside, will it develop the same brown rot as if it were on the tree?


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You can do it, sure, but the rot is often more extensive inside the fruit than it appears from the outside.

Yes, ripening fruit can certainly develop rot. I dip my stone fruit after picking into water with peroxide added. I don't know how much it helps, though.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 11:33AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

I got distracted with all my deer and squirrels and the brown rot again got out of control in the last few weeks. I routinely eat parts of fruit that are rotted; if its over half rotted there is often not much to eat. If you are getting lots of rot on a tree it usually means you will get lots of rot on the unblemished fruit as they ripen inside. Rotting varies a lot from variety to variety; I have replaced all of my most severely rotting peach varieties with more resistant ones.


    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 11:14PM
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bob_z6(6b/7a SW CT)

I just came across the following a few days ago and it stuck in my head (regrettably). The picture isn't very appetizing- I can't imagine doing that outside of a survival situation.

About halfway down the page:
"brown rot isn't at all poisonous and I often crush an affected apple in my hand (they are semi-liquefied inside) and drink the juice, which is turning into cider"

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 12:22AM
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