Imperfect apples given 'Cobweb' branding by Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's put imperfect apples to good use last week by branding them "Cobweb", just in time for Halloween.

Marked with "creepy cobweb blemishes" resulting from the cold, wet growing season, the apples have been included in bags of Sainsbury's Basics British Cox and Gala.

The retailer has already announced a policy of taking "ugly" fruit and vegetables marked by scarring or blemishes as a result of the season's difficult growing conditions, so long as it meets regulations and has unimpaired taste.

Russeting on apple skin can have a number of causes, ranging from frost to fungal infection to the action of a particular mite. It is not thought to affect the eating quality of the fruit.


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