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How to eat an apple . . . all of it

Eat your apple from the bottom and the core doesn
Eat your apple from the bottom and the core doesn't exist.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

Speaking of apples — (see The Eaten Path look at GE apples here) — here in the editorial department at the Times, we’ve recently uncovered a persistent myth that our society has fed us since time immemorial.

News flash: There is no such thing as an apple core.

Our revelation came from an article by James Hambling in The Atlantic entitled “Apple Cores Are a Myth.”

He, in turn, was spurred on by a YouTube video entitled “How to Eat an Apple LIke a Boss” on the FoodbeastTV channel.

So here’s the thing: Roughly 30 per cent of the apple is discarded when eaten as normal and the “core” is tossed.

But instead of eating the apple on the side, around and around, start at the bottom and eat it vertically.

Here’s what you do: First, you scrape out any of the excess fuzziness from the very bottom of the apple and twist out the stem.

Then start eating from the bottom. Because the fibrous bit through the centre is so thin, you won’t even notice it as you eat.

You will, of course, come to the seeds, which won’t kill you or make you sick, but you’ll likely want to spit them out or pick them out.

Then it’s smooth sailing right on up to the top.

It is a remarkably satisfying feeling to put that last bite of apple in your mouth with nothing (other than the stem and seeds) to discard.

Hamblin estimates that if each American eats an apple a day at $1.30 per pound, that’s about $42 wasted per person per year, which is $13.2 billion annually.

Let’s divide by 10 and call that $1.3 billion in Canada.

Save the world; eat the whole apple.

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