Can I eat fruit from a pear infected with fire blight?

Asked August 4, 2017, 12:41 PM EDT

Is it safe to eat pears from a tree that has fire blight? The fruit looks fine but the leaves are all affected.

Shasta County California

1 Response

Yes,the fruit is perfectly safe. The bacteria that causes fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) is harmless to humans. Sometimes the infection appears in the fruit as it ripens but you can see the ooze on the fruit.