Abandoned Apple

What do you do when you bite into an apple and find part of it is bruised?

parking lot apple

This apple’s former owner dropped it on the ground outside of Trader Joe’s, where apples sell for 59 cents each. Personally, I eat around soft spots or prune them when I’m at home.

Sure, this kind of food waste isn’t as senseless as the deserted parking lot orange, because there was something wrong with this Braeburn. But does that make it garbage? And would it be too hard to throw it in the trash (if you’re not going to compost it)?

Anyway, let me know what you do when you bite into a subpar apple. There are no wrong answers (only dumb ones…just kidding!).

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3 Comments

  1. Emily
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I can imagine throwing a disappointing apple on the ground instead of in a trash can (am I an awful person?), assuming a squirrel has an easier time getting to it on the ground.
    As much as I agree that food waste is a problem, I do wonder if it’s worth fussing over an occasional bad apple. Am I the only WF reader who secretly disposes of the occasional mealy apple? In my defense, it usually occurs to me that I must not be very hungry if texture is reason enough to give up on my snack.
    I guess you’re just encouraging me to compost or make apple sauce or something… it’s a fair point… but who knows, maybe a squirrel dragged that specimen out of compost pile!! :)

  2. Jonathan
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I hear that squirrels make a heck of an apple sauce.

    I see what you mean about rather having a squirrel get it than sending it to a landfill. And if other folks’ compost bins are like mine, squirrels are definitely happy to see composted apples.

  3. Dom Gianni
    Posted March 14, 2008 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I never knew squirrels could make applesauce for you. Can you send some to Chicago?

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