Eating damaged fruit
October 9, 2013 12:30 PM Subscribe
I want to use more fruit and make it easier to process. I have composted a couple hundred pounds of fruit this summer. I hate the waste. We have a pear tree from which a certain squirrel eats half of each unripe fruit and throws the rest on the ground. Later in the season the fruit from the upper branches (30-40 feet) falls, impaling itself on twigs, or smashing on the ground, pulping a quarter of the fruit into the dirt. Some fruits have worms or slug damage after sitting on the ground. I pick what I can reach with a picker and if I am present when a ripe, un-bitten fruit falls and smashes, I eat that. But is there a better way?
posted by SandiBeech to food & drink (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been using unbroken fallen fruit, which still requires a lot of sitting around with a paring knife to remove bruised and wormy parts. Would it be safe (and tasty) to collect all of the fruit that falls, even if it has animal bite marks or the skin has been broken, and process it quickly? I'm thinking of rinsing in water, then boiling to make some kind of pear butter/mush, and sending it through a Foley food mill to remove skins, stems, and seeds. This would then be frozen or canned with additional ingredients. It would be much quicker than carefully examining each fruit. Would it taste terrible? Would it kill me?