Q. Can one eat apples with cedar/apple rust?

Can one eat apples with cedar/apple rust or any other type of 'disease' of the tree? I am not a member and I hope you will answer my questions anyway. I'll really appreciate that. Thank you.

Answer

Cedar/apple rust is a fungus that requires a fungicide to manage and control it.  Only a fungicide that is approved for edible fruit should be used, and that would need to be applied ahead of the harvest.  When it should be applied, and at what rate depends on which fungicide you choose.  Directions are usually supplied with the fungicide. I wouldn't eat the apples from the tree this year.  However, if you can appropriately control the fungus next year, the apples should be edible. 

Here is a link to a brochure from the Connectcut Agricultutal Experiment Station that should help you:

http://www.ct.gov/caes/lib/caes/documents/publications/fact_sheets/plant_pathology_and_ecology/cedar-apple_rust_05-01-08r.pdf

You might also want to check with the Montgomery County Extension Service which is located at 1015 Bridge Street, Suite H, Collegeville, PA 19426, 610-489-4315. 


  • Last Updated Jan 08, 2019
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  • Answered By Aska Gardener

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