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Organic Blueberries

 
 
gollum
 
Reply Sun 31 Oct, 2021 05:03 am
When I buy organic blueberries, I sometimes find a white fuzzy substance around a few of the blueberries.

What is it?

Is it dangerous to eat?
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izzythepush
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Reply Sun 31 Oct, 2021 06:06 am
@gollum,
It's mould. I'd throw those ones out.
Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 1 Nov, 2021 08:28 am
@izzythepush,
agreed - probably due to moisture getting in and trapped - the other berries should be fine - just carefully remove those and wash the others.

gollum
 
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Reply Mon 1 Nov, 2021 03:18 pm
@Linkat,
Linkat-

Thank you.

If the subject blueberries are organic, may I safely omit the washing?

Does the mold develop as a result of the blueberries being organic (i.e., might pesticides have precluded the growth of the mold?)?
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 1 Nov, 2021 03:20 pm
@gollum,
I wash all fruit, flies **** on organic fruit too.

I've seen mould on non organic blueberries too.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 1 Nov, 2021 04:11 pm
@gollum,
As with any berries - you should not wash them until right before eating - I think that might be why it says so on the instructions I typically see on the berry package.

Just a guess on my side - but you know how those grocery stores have that stuff sprinkling water on them - probably not ideal for berries.

I would wash even if organic.

Yeah any berries can get mold - why I shake the package gently and pay particular attention to those on the bottom where the moisture tends to get trapped.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 1 Nov, 2021 04:23 pm
@Linkat,
We don't have water sprayed on fresh fruit and veg over here.

I remember seeing it in Texas, the only benefit seems to be the appearance.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Mon 1 Nov, 2021 04:54 pm

i've noticed it's different with blackberries.

the mold can grow on one berry, but the one next to it can be completely mold-free.

so it pays to go through them carefully to see which ones are salvageable...

https://iili.io/5YhCIS.jpg

izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 2 Nov, 2021 02:09 am
@Region Philbis,
Brambles grow everywhere over here, as aresult you don't see many in the shops.
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 2 Nov, 2021 06:41 am
@izzythepush,
They grow everywhere here too - I have them all over my yard - but the deer get to them - I even grew my own bush but usually can only get a handful as the damn deer and other woodland creatures love them.

Also the wild ones are pretty small...in any case they go as soon as they are ready to be picked - I have way too many creatures around that like them. And during the blackberry season they are so inexpensive in stores and farmers markets - just easier to get the big plumb ones that the local farmers grow.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 2 Nov, 2021 06:45 am
@Linkat,

over the summer i saw someone eating them from a tree near the Charles...
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 2 Nov, 2021 06:56 am
@Linkat,
They are smaller than cultivated ones, but they're everywhere.
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