Q: What are the Rough Brown Spots on My Apple?

Share this post

Q: What is the rough brown texture on the top of some apples, and is it edible?

A: Known as “russeting,” it is a brownish corky or netlike texture that appears on certain varieties of apples and pears. Russeted patches are not only edible, they tend to have a nutty flavor.

In apples, russeting typically occurs in heirloom varieties, such as Gravensteins, Pippins, and Jonathans. You may also find it on Asian pears and certain European varieties, such as Bosc and D’Anjou pears.

Aside from naturally russeted varieties, russeting can be due to weather conditions, such as moisture that develops on the fruit as it grows, with factors such as a late frost and/or spring humidity playing a role.

Shakespeare and his contemporaries called russeted apple varieties “leather-coats,” and they were prized by the Victorians for their look, texture, and taste. We hope you enjoy them too!

 

Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required

 

Recent The FruitLife articles:

Gifts for all the fruit lovers on your list
November 30, 2017
Fruit in the office brings joy, health, and energy
September 28, 2017
Sonoma County rallies to rescue its heirloom apple
August 3, 2017
Profiles of the men and women of the fruit world
August 24, 2016
Family and sustainability are core values at Frecon Farms
July 27, 2016
How to help save the endangered Gravenstein apple
July 27, 2016
Reflections from Lagier Ranches, 2014 Community Fund grantee
June 29, 2016

More recent articles:

The employee-retaining magic of doing good
April 10, 2018
Strengthen your lower body to improve body balance
April 5, 2018
Five simple ways to update the office kitchen
April 2, 2018
The training before the training
March 29, 2018
Telemedicine is changing the face of mental health treatment
March 27, 2018
Food:
4 ways to enjoy avocados more sustainably
March 9, 2018
Six best practices for employee onboarding
March 9, 2018
Six steps to get you on the road
March 9, 2018
Leave donation policies are the newest thing in PTO
March 9, 2018
Get a workout without paying for a gym
March 8, 2018

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.