by Tim Baker, horticulture specialist
This fall, I’ve have been contacted on several occasions by homeowners who were worried about the apples from their orchards. Their apples had black, sooty-looking blotches all over. The blackened material was just superficial, and did not penetrate the skin. It seemed to rub off with a bit of scrubbing. Were these safe to eat?
What these homeowners were dealing with is a fungal disease,