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What is the white fuzz on ripe strawberry?

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What is the white fuzz on ripe strawberry?

i usually purchase many quarts of strawsberry at one time, and leave them in the refrigerator. after a while, i see white fuzz on some of the overripen strawberries. i like to know:

1. what is the fuzz? does it mean the fruit is spoiled?
2. is there danger eating it, even though the fruit has been refrigeratored from day one.
3. do you need to throw out the whole basket or i can still eat the rest (just throw out the ones with the white fuzz)?

can someone also post a link to somewhere that has more info on this?

thanks
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Yup..it is mold.

Just toss the fuzzy berry..the rest are OK...

Kinda like moldy cheese..just cut off the bad parts..
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are these molds poisonous then?

because if it is, then should i throw out the whole thing because the mold may have spread to the other berries even if i cannot them
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y2kmp3 wrote:are these molds poisonous then?

because if it is, then should i throw out the whole thing because the mold may have spread to the other berries even if i cannot them

I've gotten moldy berries in packs of strawberries many times. The other berries are fine. Eating the moldy berry probably wouldn't hurt you, but it would taste like crap.


Many cheeses, yogurt, lots of foods contain mold.
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uve never seen mold b4?

thats funny

anyways, just cut the moldy parts off
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Ate a moldy french fry at Harvey's once. Worst day of my life -- well maybe not worst, but it really sucked.
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Evil Techie wrote:uve never seen mold b4?

thats funny

anyways, just cut the moldy parts off
I'd rather not, still. You don't know if it's spreading or not, it's microscopic. My immediate guess was that it could've been ice crystals, but general consesus is mold.
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Just wahs them first, and than put it back in the fridge. And than..if they have mold few days later, toss 'em and wash the others b4 eating. How about if you freeze them? That should stop the mold indefinitely.
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Squiggles wrote:Ate a moldy french fry at Harvey's once. Worst day of my life -- well maybe not worst, but it really sucked.
hahaah, i got a moldy bun at harveys too! thats something i would expect at harveys.
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I've never had a problem with Harvey's - great burgers.
When I worked in Toronto years ago, I had lunch in the Manulife Centre and the hot dog bun was moldy.
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gordholio wrote:I've never had a problem with Harvey's - great burgers.
When I worked in Toronto years ago, I had lunch in the Manulife Centre and the hot dog bun was moldy.
Sometimes teh flour they use to keep teh buns separated looks like mold, its not.
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y2kmp3 wrote:i usually purchase many quarts of strawsberry at one time, and leave them in the refrigerator. after a while, i see white fuzz on some of the overripen strawberries. i like to know:

1. what is the fuzz? does it mean the fruit is spoiled?
2. is there danger eating it, even though the fruit has been refrigeratored from day one.
3. do you need to throw out the whole basket or i can still eat the rest (just throw out the ones with the white fuzz)?

can someone also post a link to somewhere that has more info on this?

thanks
...I always throw those bad ones away, I thought the white tuff on strawberrys was skeet fuzz.

Like that stuff Lil' John sings about, ya know. Skeet!..Skeet!..Skeet!..

Now I know, its mold.
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hahaah, i got a moldy bun at harveys too! thats something i would expect at harveys.

oh god, me too. About ten years ago, and I forgotten about it 'til now. I ate about 3/4ths of the frickin burger, and then happened to turn it over for something...and most of what was left of the bottom part of the bun was green and moldy. ugh.
i still want to barf. lol
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aquariaguy wrote:Just wahs them first, and than put it back in the fridge. And than..if they have mold few days later, toss 'em and wash the others b4 eating. How about if you freeze them? That should stop the mold indefinitely.
A frozen strawberry turns to mush when it's thawed. Unless you're making a smoothie or something, not an option.

The mold that grows on bruised or overripe strawberries shouldn't hurt you if you accidentally eat it. It won't taste very good, though.

One of the more common types of fuzzy white fruit mold is actually Penicillium, which is the same species that Penicillin comes from. :cool:
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