Is it safe to eat fuzzy strawberries?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the question, “is it safe to eat fuzzy strawberries?”. As well we will discuss how I can avoid fuzzy strawberries, what molds are molds just on the surface of strawberries, and other concerns about fuzzy strawberries.  

Is it safe to eat fuzzy strawberries?

No, it is not safe to eat fuzzy strawberries, because they can be moldy. Molds are fungi that can produce toxins, which are toxic and can make you sick when consumed, so it is better to throw the fuzzy strawberries away.  

What are molds?

According to the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), molds are fungi that live on organic matter, such as animals or plants, and there are estimated to be about ten of thousand species of fungi. Below are some curiosities about fungus. 

  • Most of them are filamentous organisms and can produce spores;
  • Spores of fungus can be spread by water, air, or even insects;
  • You can identify some molds with the naked eye, as molds are formed with many cells;
  • Molds have a body like roots and branches that’s like with very thin threads, and normally they are very profound in the food;
  • Some molds can produce toxins called mycotoxins, which can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions, making you sick if ingested mold food.

Are molds just on the surface of strawberries?

No, according to the FSIS, you can just see a part of the mold growth, the part of the ramification already invaded the strawberries profoundly. This mechanism is the same for other foods.   

Does the presence of molds on strawberries mean that it is also spoiled?

Yes, the presence of molds on strawberries also means that the fruit is already spoiled, and it’s not recommended to eat spoiled strawberries, as they can cause foodborne illness. So, if your strawberries are moldy, throw them away. 

What are the signs of spoiled strawberries?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, spoiled food may have changed the appearance of the food in its color, fresh aspect, texture, odor, and taste. If you noted some of the signs of spoiled foods, throw them away to avoid foodborne illness. 

How can I avoid fuzzy strawberries?

Strawberries have a lot of water content, they can spoil fast. To avoid fuzzy strawberries, you need to check if you bought fresh strawberries at the supermarkets, as they can start to spoil there. Check if the strawberries are intact before buying them, and also store them properly. 

How can I properly store fresh strawberries?

If you store them properly, you can ensure a longer shelf life. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension makes some recommendations, which are listed below.  

  • It’s not recommended to wash the strawberries before storing;
  • Separate any damaged strawberries and eat them first;
  • Store the strawberries with the green tops under refrigeration;
  • Always check the strawberries as they can spoil fast.

What are the vitamins and minerals present in strawberries?

Strawberries have a lot of vitamins and minerals, which include C vitamin, B9 vitamin (folate), B6 vitamin, K vitamin, E vitamin, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, and phosphorus. However, the abundance is mainly for C vitamin, B9 vitamin, manganese, and potassium. 

What are the health benefits of eating strawberries?

Strawberries also have antioxidants, such as pelargonidin, ellagic acid, ellagitannins, and procyanidins. According to Healthline, below are listed some of the health benefits of eating strawberries.

  • Eating strawberries daily can improve the heart health because helps to enhance good cholesterol, control the level of blood pressure, and better the blood platelet activities;
  • Help to better the blood antioxidant;
  • Help to reduce oxidative stress;
  • The antioxidants present in the strawberries help to reduce the inflammation because neutralize the free radicals which damage the cells;
  • Boost the vascular activities;
  • Eating strawberries can also better the blood lipid;
  • Decrease the injuries oxidant of bad cholesterol; 
  • Helps to control the blood sugar because eating strawberries are linked to lagging down glucose absorption which decreases the peak in glucose and insulin;
  • The antioxidants present in the strawberries are also linked to the prevention of cancer because they avoid oxidative stress and cell damage.

What is a recipe for fresh strawberries?

As strawberries are consumed worldwide, you can find many recipes on the internet. Click here to check 55 recipes to make with fresh strawberries. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have discussed the question, “is it safe to eat fuzzy strawberries?”. As well we have discussed how I can avoid fuzzy strawberries, what molds are molds just on the surface of strawberries, and other concerns about fuzzy strawberries.  

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/strawberries Accessed: 05/18/2022

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry Accessed: 05/18/2022

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/safe-food-handling-and-preparation/food-safety-basics/molds-food-are-they-dangerous Accessed: 05/18/2022

https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2016/03/25/protecting-your-family-food-spoilage Accessed: 05/18/2022

https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/foodborne-germs.html Accessed: 05/18/2022

https://cdn-ext.agnet.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/E-204_-Safe-Handling-of-Fresh-Strawberries-1.pdf Accessed: 05/18/2022

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