TO GO WITH STORY BY ANNA CUENCA - Top Basque chef Andoni Luis Aduriz poses at the Mugaritz restaurant in the northern Spanish Basque village of Renteria on May 9, 2014.  With fine forceps and a steely pulse, a young chef puts tiny flowers on a mousse of smoked eel in the Spanish restaurant Mugaritz, symbol of gastronomy to the extreme, revolutionary for some, extravagant for others. AFP PHOTO/ RAFA RIVAS / AFP / RAFA RIVAS        (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
The Michelin Restaurant That Serves Moldy Apples On Purpose
By Nick Johnson
Mold isn't necessarily bad in the culinary world because we wouldn't have food items like blue cheese or cured sausages without it. There's even a Michelin-starred restaurant that has expertly crafted a moldy fruit dish that is sure to test even the most adventurous foodie and pro-fungus-eating enthusiast.
According to Fine Dining Lovers, Spanish chef Andoni Luis Aduriz created a famous, or perhaps infamous, moldy apple dish called Noble Rot for his Michelin-starred restaurant Mugaritz. Vine pair states that Noble rot is the common name for Botrytis cinerea fungus, which causes grapes to shrivel and sweeten.
However, Noble Rot, the dish, doesn't use Botrytis cinerea to cause its signature shroud of mold. The Mugaritz team explained that Penicillium roqueforti and Penicillium candidum, often used as cheese culture, create the apple's moldy and edible texture.
The rotten dessert is served along four botrytized dessert wines, each from a different nation, and received mixed reviews, as reviewers were torn over the fuzzy fruit. However, the aptly-named food blogger Rotten Apples and Other Delights wrote that the Noble Rot was the highlight of her meal at Mugaritz.