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Do You Eat Bruised Fruit?

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Hagrinas2906499 Hagrinas2906499 5 years
I find that picture of bruised fruit quite unappealing. The irony is that this is a recent cultural viewpoint and may be very harmful.  Before this era of perfect looking fruits in the supermarkets instead of the best tasting fruits, people ate fruit with blemishes. The bruised parts taste sweeter.   Fruits and vegetables react to trauma by producing salicylates. They were therefore a much larger natural part of our diet back then. Did people start dropping dead without them?  Yes. Recent studies have shown that a quarter sized aspirin each day can decrease risk of heart attacks and strokes. An aspirin given to somebody immediately after either one of those events has less of a chance of damage and greater odds of recovery. There are also studies showing possible links to reduction of cancer. Having salicylates as a natural part of the diet might be part of the reason heart attacks were relatively rare prior to the 20th century.   To the person who complained about maggots, that's another thing to keep in mind. Decades ago, a study was done on diet in an African tribe whose diet, based on listing ingredients of what they ate, did not seem sufficient for good health. But they lacked the anticipated health problems. It turned out that additions such as maggots are high in protein, and whatever flies or insects made it into the food by accident might have been quite beneficial.   All that being said, I still can't help but view badly bruised fruit as disgusting and rotten even though I should know better. If you can get used to moderately bruised fruit (hold the maggots please) then you might find that it tastes better than what you've been eating. 
muse2323 muse2323 8 years
I can deal with mild bruising. Major bruising sends it straight to the baking/juicing/preserves pile.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Cut or eat around the part. Usually if a fruit is bruised, I cut it open to see what might be lurking inside. . . and that fruit in the above picture is well on its way to rotting.
FireFly44 FireFly44 8 years
My banana was bruised this morning! I just ate around that part. In general I cut out the bruises on apples or bananas, but if it's too much I throw it out.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
Bruised sometimes tastes better, to be honest! I think sometimes it sweetens the fruit or speeds up the ripening process. But like the majority here, I'd say the featured pic is a bit more than bruised - more like rotten... I'd eat if I was extremely hungry though.
cherryblossom cherryblossom 8 years
it's not good to be wasteful, and you can just cut bruises out.
victork victork 8 years
Being that I grew up in a house where we grew a lot of our own produce, funnily enough, its caused me to be wary of eating bruised fruits. Reason for this being that once the fruit was bruised in some area, it opened it up to insect infestation. The amount of mandarins I had when I was a kid with maggots in them has made me eternally wary. That and very cheap ethnics parents who refused to throw out even the most rotten food. Now that I live in the middle of the city, I tend to buy fresh produce the day I'll be eating it when walking home. Cheap and fresh, and means I can trust whatever I eat.
Pampire Pampire 8 years
Eww no way! I'm a little picky about what I eat. I have to observe it and smell it first! Maybe if its a tiny spot I will cut it out but if it smells rotten or if its a big bruise, no freakin way am I touching it! Btw that picture of the fruit is absolutely rotten, not bruised!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
That fruit was hit by a bus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
miamixo miamixo 8 years
Bruised like in the pic, no but a few small bruises I'll just cut out of the fruit.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
There's "bruised" and there's "buried in a corner of the produce shelf for five months". That fruit is rotten. :) In general, it would depend on HOW bruised and what type of fruit. I agree that bruised apples are gross.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I will NOT eat bruised apples. The texture changes entirely! I will eat bruised berries and peaches, but that's about it. If fruit is really beat up, I try to find another way to use a crisp or pie or something like that.
yvettecq yvettecq 8 years
that fruit in the photo is beyong bruised. if i can do something else with it, like bread or pie then yes, i'll use it that way other nope. i know that's wasteful...sorry.
Sherellj Sherellj 8 years
Might as well sun dry it
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
AlexisSF AlexisSF 8 years
i wouldn't throw it out just because it was bruised, but i prefer to eat fruit that isn't beat up.
MLH1 MLH1 8 years
I generally eat around it, the fruit in the picture above is beyond bruised though.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
No way! It's the worst. Unless it can be turned into banana bread or pie it's back into the ground.
michlny michlny 8 years
The fruit in the pic. is a bit beyond bruised......
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 8 years
I grew up with a large fruit and vegetable garden, and the produce wasn't perfect most of the time. I just cut away whatever is bruised or bad, and eat the rest. It's that easy.
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