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Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)

 
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Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
I like to purchase lemons and slice them and store them in the refrigerator, and squeeze them into a glass of water.

The lemon wedges shown below are an organic Meyer Lemon.
The wedges were cut less than 14 days prior, and were stored in the refrigerator inside an airtight tupperware container, with a damp (dry- not dripping wet, I added a few drops of water and squeeze the water out) paper towel for relative humidity. (When I was a bartender in college, the fancy restaurant I worked in trained me to store cut fruit in this manner, so that is why I do it.)


I was amazed and shocked actually, when I pulled the lemons out yesterday, to add some fresh lemon juice to my water.

I saw hundreds of super thin, spindly "hairs" or "crystals" growing out of the lemon wedge on all sides! At the terminus of the "hair" was a tiny black ball. I did not touch or examine these hairs in any detail, other than to take a couple photos.


Have you ever heard of something like this?

Seen something like this?


If it was in the back of my fridge, neglected for 6-7 weeks, I would not be surprised as I am now. I would expect mold, but I guess this growth is just a peculiar type of mold or fungus???
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
:weirdlemon:

:weirdlemon22:


The second photo was just edited in Microsoft paint, in order to show two different lemon wedges in the same smilie (640 x 480 pixels maximum)


But, I have done absolutely no doctoring to the images, other than cut and paste.
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Congratulations. You discovered penicillin.
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Congratulations. You discovered penicillin.
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Oooh do you have a microscope?
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Uhh thats mold OP, congratulations on your amazing discovery. lolsign
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Uhh thats mold OP, congratulations on your amazing discovery. lolsign
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Did you still squeeze that lemon into a fresh glass of water?
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Nice close ups! good pics.

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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
the mold was on the paper, its growing with the sugars from the lemon.
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Here is an interesting blog on the subject.

[link to www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca]
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
thats the new citris blite they say will kill 100 percent of the florida citrus crop over the next 3 years
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
this is the mold [link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
this is the mold [link to en.wikipedia.org]
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this is the mold [link to en.wikipedia.org]
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how did you find that?
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Uhh thats mold OP, congratulations on your amazing discovery. lolsign
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Smart-ass reply. Meanwhile it was not a mold. It was a fungus.


Hang your head in shame. Or at the very least, bite your tongue before giving such a sure answer, when in reality, you were clueless.

That goes for the rest of you fools as well, who has a smart-alek response.
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Uhhh mold is fungi... Google much?
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Looks like thousands of dead sea monkeys impaled on tiny stakes.
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Some kind of terrible sea monkey war.
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It's morgellons disease!

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Some kind of terrible sea monkey war.
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Hoo boy. It's just common mold. Mold spores are in the air, it's just that they usually don't form mold in time in that structure because you consume them before it happens.

If you were to shut off power to your refrigerator and come back in a week, then it incubate and your refrigerator would be full of structures like that.

As an amateur naturalist, there are thousands of mold and fungal types and it would be extremely difficult to say which precise one it was. However most people would know that this is what that picture is.
[link to static3.depositphotos.com]

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Congratulations. You discovered penicillin.
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
looks like Aspergillus to me but to be 100% sure and to know the species you'd need to make a slide and examine it under a microscope
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
this is the mold [link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Phycomyces has also served as a model for research on the regulation of the biosynthesis of the pigment beta-carotene in fungi. The production of beta-carotene from natural sources, including fungi, is being developed as a safe alternative to the use of chemically synthesized pigments by the food industry.
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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
I don't understand why you don't just cut the lemons and then immediately squeeze them into your water. What's with storing them in the fridge, cut, for two weeks? Citrus, after it's cut, loses its main nutritional value (Vitamin C) within a day or so. All you've got left after that is flavor.
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Sell it on Ebay.
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Congratulations!

You won the Science Fair!

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Re: Look at what grew on my lemon wedge in the fridge! (weird hair-like growth!!!)
Mold spores are everywhere.

Either you didn't wash that lemon well enough before slicing, or you have mold spores spraying through your house.

If you have central air/heating, then most likely in the summer condensation inside the ventilation ducts lead to mold growth, now in winter with hot dry air blowing through it blowing out the spores.
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