My friend Tracey recently posted a video on Facebook titled "So Apparently, We've Been Eating Apples All Wrong." I was intrigued, so I clicked on it. In the video, Foodbeast's Elie Ayrouth first demonstrates the way most of us eat an apple — by eating around the core. Then, he does something that freaks out just about everyone who watches the video, which you can see above.
He makes the crazy move of rotating his next apple a little bit and biting the bottom of the apple first! As he eats it from the bottom up, do you know what happens? The core basically disappears.
Tracey and I decided to try it. She started from the bottom up. I started from the top down. I ate the entire apple — seeds and all. My apple was small and the seeds were very tiny. (Yes, I know that the seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide and might be dangerous if crushed and eaten in very large amounts.)
Tracey said she made it about 3/4 of the way through before she got to a large section with seeds, then she started eating around them. She then turned it to the top and ate her way down to the seeds. Although she didn't eat the whole thing, she ate significantly more of the apple than she normally would have eaten.
I shared the video and the fact that I had tried it and it worked on my Facebook feed, and I asked friends to comment. Many of them were amazed. They made comments like "that blew my mind," "that changed my life," "so incredible," and many commented that they'd be eating apples like that from now on.
One asked, "Why does this freak me out? It really shouldn't. Why does it?"
I don't have the answer to that question. It freaked me out, too. I'm sure it has something to do with having such a basic belief about such an ingrained habit destroyed so quickly. All our lives we've believed that apples have cores and you have to eat around the core. "If this isn't true," we wonder, "What else isn’t true?"
I was also surprised by how many people said they knew someone who ate apples this way. MNN Lifestyle blogger Starre commented that her grandmother ate apples the "right" way and gave her a hard time about it her entire childhood.
"Having lived through the Great Depression, she knew about not wasting food!" she said, "And she told me everyone used to eat apples 'her' way. Wonder how it changed?"
If you're wondering just how much we actually waste by eating around the core, Ayrouth did the math.
The traditional method of eating around 'the core' seemed to create a sizable amount of waste. In fact, after doing a mass and volume test, we concluded we were seemingly throwing away anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of every apple. If you live by the 'apple a day' motto, then apples priced at $1.30/lb. will set you back $137 year, with a waste of $42.
How do you feel about this revelation? Are you freaked out? And, are you heading to your refrigerator right now to grab an apple and test it out?