The Whole Thing

Yesterday I went to pick up Denis’ friend from the Dulles airport. She was due at 11am, but would be in customs until 1pm or so. Since I was traveling around lunch time, I took an apple with me. I remembered reading that all parts of an apple can be consumed by humans, including seeds, core, and stem. I got curious, so I decided to try it.




The stem was kind of hard to eat. I had to smash it and splinter it into smaller pieces so I could swallow it. The core wasn’t that bad. It was a crunchy apple, so I didn’t notice a big texture difference between the core and the flesh. The seeds were a little hard to swallow. I decided not to chew them, but just to swallow them whole. The blossom at the bottom end of the apple was indistinguishable from the rest of the apple.

I don’t think I’d do this all the time, but at least I know that if I’m ever in a situation where I want to have an apple and can’t leave any trash behind, I could eat the whole thing.

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10 Responses to The Whole Thing

  1. Lauren says:

    I had a friend whose dad would eat a whole apple. At least, my friend said he did – I had no visual proof. You are the first person I’ve known to accomplish the task! Next up: a whole orange.

  2. Debbie says:

    When we were little my Dad had us convinced that watermelons would grow out of his chest when he swallowed the seeds. Maybe you will grow an apple tree……but then you will need to have you shirts tailor made!

  3. Kristi says:

    Aren’t bananas supposed to be completely consumable, too?

  4. Peggy says:

    Hehe….I’ve never known anyone to do this!

    I remember as a kid my mom would ask me if I ate the apple she put in my lunch…and I would proudly answer, Yup, I ate all of it! Dang, I didn’t.

    So how are you feeling today? Any side effects?

  5. Carol says:

    Now I’m sure no doctor will come within miles of you, sir – nicely done!

    …and the other good news? According to

    you’d have to eat a whole mess a’ whole apples to get sick and die from the pips (aka seeds). Whew! I was worried there for a minute…

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