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When you remove the hard inner part from a fruit, you have “cored” it. The inner hard part of a fruit typically has seeds, and is generally undesirable to eat.


Difficulty to learn: Medium

Some Thoughts For You:

Most fruits are soft and easy to eat. The core, being hard and tough, is generally removed. However, the core is still edible for most foods. Fruits such as apples and pineapples have entirely edible cores that contain high nutrients.

There are a myriad of “corers” available for purchase, each devoted to a specific fruit. Most coring can be done with a long sharp knife, although it is a little time consuming.

What You Will Need

If you are coring a fruit using just a knife, your choice of knife will change depending on the fruit. Smaller fruits such as apples require a simple thin sharp knife. Large fruits such as pineapples will require a long sharp knife, preferably with some girth.

You will also need a clean cutting board to protect your kitchen surfaces and knives.

Basic Steps:

The following steps are for coring an apple. Use care when handling sharp knives, and use proper hand protection if necessary. 

  1. Place the apple on your cutting board.
  2. Position the tip of the knife around 1 cm from the center of the apple and push entirely through the apple.
  3. Remove the knife and rotate the apple 90 degrees. Repeat the same cut for the other three sides of the apple.
  4. You should now have a square cut around the center of the apple. Push the knife back into a previous cut and carefully push the knife into one of the other cuts.
  5. Repeat this process until the core is entirely loose, and then remove the core by pushing it with your fingers from one end.

Tips For You:

  • A quick internet search for “fruit core recipes” will yield a surprising amount of results for foods that you can make using fruit cores. Consider trying a few and not tossing it away right off the bat!

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