Can oranges infected with brown rot ever be eaten.

Asked January 5, 2016, 5:43 PM EST

Can oranges infected with brown rot ever be eaten.

Nassau County Florida

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Brown rot is a 'soft fruit rot', causing soft blotches on mature fruit that coalesce or expand in visible brown rotted areas. The external brown surface usually mirrors internal segments that have been invaded by the fungus and lose some of their firmness and flavor, sometimes characterized by bitter and fermented odors. I'm not aware of any serious consequences of eating citrus fruit that has some brown rot infection, but usually only a portion of the segments on the opposite side of the original infection are usable. Decay of brown-rot infected fruit can be slowed by refrigeration. Growers must endeavor to prevent brown rot before harvest with appropriate pre- and post-harvest fungicides and proper packing and handling procedures. Small amounts of brown rot in boxed fruit can cause serious loss of marketable fruit, especially when held at room-temperature.