Stuff I Wonder About: Why Don’t We Eat Apple Cores?

Is it a cultural thing, or some kind of old wives’ tale, passed down through the generations that taught us not to eat the “core” of the apple? Is there really a core?

The Atlantic examines the question:

What do you think an apple core is? What’s the thing we throw away?

It is a ghost. If you eat your apples whole, you are a hero to this ghost. If you do not, you are barely alive. Come experience vitality.

 Earlier this year, in “How to Eat Apples Like a Boss,” a video by Foodbeast, the Internet was promised the gift of confidence in apple-eating. Elie Ayrouth ate an apple starting at the bottom, proceeding to up to the top, and finishing with a wink to the camera, as bosses do. Eating as such, Foodbeast said, the core “disappears.”

I do them one better and say that it never existed. The core is a product of society, man. There is a thin fibrous band, smaller in diameter than a pencil and not bad to the taste. If you eat your apple vertically, it is not noticeable.

There are usually a couple seeds toward the top, which are easy to swallow, though it’s probably a better idea to spit them because they contain a substance called amygdalin. That can release a small amount of hydrogen cyanide when digested. God/nature wants those seeds on the ground, not in our colons. You would have to eat a ton of apple seeds for it to kill you, but I’m not here to coax you guys into testing your bodies’ limits in metabolizing cyanide.

The long and short of it? The apple core is waste. Based on the number apples eaten in this country, it amounts to about $13.2 billion in annual apple waste. That’s a lot of pies.

(H/T Speedmaster)


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