Apple Scab

Asked August 24, 2018, 11:59 AM EDT

Hi! I just bought a new home/property and found a lovely neglected apple tree. It appears that the apples have apple scab. The flesh of the apple is beautiful with no defects and the core of the apple is not disease. My plan is to prune the tree, rake up the composting leaves and treat the fungus this winter. My question is... can I safely pick these apples and can applesauce. Will this presumed fungus affect the canning process? Please see attached pictures

thanks much

Karen Burritt .... Lowell MI

Kent County Michigan

1 Response

According to our Consumer Horticulture Educator Apple scab does not affect the quality of the apple. As you noted the inside of the apple looks fine, cut off the bad parts of the apple before perserving