How Fast Do Strawberries Mold?

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Q: How Fast Do Strawberries Mold?

On August 24, 2010, Corye asked:

Which strawberry will mold the fastest, the one the porch or the one on the kitchen counter?

Answer to: How Fast Do Strawberries Mold?

Corye,
If you are talking about an actual strawberry, one left on the porch will likely be eaten by a feathered friend or other critters long before it has a chance to mold.  Mold/fungi spores are virtually ubiquitous, so both will mold rapidly if not eaten by animals.  The one on the kitchen counter will likely begin becoming moldy in a day or two if it isn’t refrigerated. For more related information, see the “Care After Picking” section on the Strawberry Picking page or the Strawberry Buying Guide.

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4 comments to How Fast Do Strawberries Mold?

  • Straw Berry

    strawberry shortcake,
    Mold spores are ubiquitous. They end up coming in contact with the moist strawberry and growing into the fruit. Also, mycelium from fungus will often traverse such fruits and produce fruiting bodies called that send out spores also. Hopefully that helps!

  • strawberry shortcake

    what does the mold do though does it eat through or what? i think i remember reading from a website that mold is attracted to sweet fruits and something about going through

  • Mr. Strawberry

    immabeawannabe,
    Strawberries mold due to the rich substrate provided by their soft flesh. Mold spores are ubiquitous. When they come in contact with the flesh of the nutrient-dense strawberry, they send filamentous out-shoots into the berry decomposing and digesting it. For a better idea about how mycelium and fungi work, I would recommend this book.

  • immabeawannabe

    why do strawberries mold though? like what does the mold do? scientific please

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