There Is No Such Thing As An Apple Core

At the left, a few bites in. Middle, almost done. Right, I don't eat stems.

At the left: A few bites in. Middle: Almost done. Right: I don’t eat stems.


The next time someone eats an apple in front of you and throws out the core, I want you to point and say, “You are wasted.” No, not because the person is drunkenly eating fruit — I want you to point at the core and say it. Because today Consumerist has seen the light, the light that says there’s no such thing as an apple core and we are all wasting food.

We had no idea this was a thing until today, although FoodBeast showed back in May how to eat an apple in its entirety. We missed that foray into food mythbusting, but not today’s Atlantic piece by James Hamblin wherein he blew our minds. Or rather, Boss Meg said “HOW IS THIS A THING?!?” and I replied “I don’t know!!! TO THE FRUIT BIN!”

See, all you have to do is eat the apple from either the top or the bottom, instead of around the sides.

“Boo hoo, I hate apple seeds,” you’re surely crying because life is just so hard. Spit them out and keep going (especially because they contain a substance called amygdalin, which can release a tiny amount of hydrogen cyanide when digested. Takes a lot of seeds, but still).

Do it the way you’re used to and the average person is wasting 30% of the fruit, or about $13.2 billion annually according to Hamblin’s math.

I’d already eaten an apple this morning, but since we here at Consumerist only believe what we can eat, I took it upon myself to bust this myth with my own mouth, just for you.

And while I don’t have a fancy recording studio to make movies, I do have a camera and captured proof of my efforts.

Guess what? It’s true. Apple cores are not a thing. That thin crunchy-ish layer you usually gnaw up against? Can’t taste it or even detect it when chomping vertically. I did choose to not eat the stem at the end because I figured that makes for a better picture than just an empty table, but you can remove yours before you start if you want to feel you’ve eaten everything there is to eat.

So there you have it. Go on and eat your apple a day and maybe send me some because now I’m all out.

How to Eat An Apple Like a Boss [FoodBeast]
Apple Cores Are a Myth [The Atlantic]

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  1. CharlesWinthrop says:

    An apple a day keeps everyone away… If you throw it hard enough.

  2. MathManv2point0 says:

    I will try this tonight!

  3. Xenotaku says:

    As someone who has nearly cut her gums on that “thin crunchy-ish layer”, I think I’ll stick with coring my apples.

  4. webalias says:

    Interesting, entertaining article. But there’s a problem with the “core” premise: that “we are all wasting food” and that presumably this is something to be concerned about. It smacks of the guilt-inducing, “clean your plate, there are children staving in India” advice spouted by generations of parents. It made no sense then, and it makes even less now, when two out of three U.S. adults are overweight, and more than one-third are obese. What is truly wasteful, like beauty, may be somewhat in the eye of the beholder. If I “waste” apples or potatoes or pizza or any other food I purchased but decided not to eat, good for me. To avoid such waste will not put one morsel of nourishment into the mouths of those in the U.S. and around the world who are hungry or “food insecure.” But it may help me avoid heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and other ailments — thereby conserving (not wasting) health care resources. I frankly don’t care if we are “wasting” $13.2 billion annually by not eating all our fruit (if one buys Hamblin’s math), when last year Americans spent nearly $3 trillion on health care.

  5. CzarChasm says:

    Totally agree webalias, if the starving children in ***land would like my apple cores, just let me know when someone will be by to pick them up.

    I still wish I did not have to feel guilty when I go out to eat and leave 30% of whatever gigantic meal I ordered to be thrown away,