Does a mould make a beetroot poisonous or inedible ?
Lemon's mould for instance, makes penicillin, but it's green there, and I'm allergic to penicillin, would the white mould produce penicillin too?
From a study titled "Production of Penicillin by Fungi Growing on Food Products: Identification of a Complete Penicillin Gene Cluster in Penicillium griseofulvum and a Truncated Cluster in Penicillium verrucosum", moulds on food items were analyzed for fungi that could produce penicillin. The conclusion drawn was
Even penicillin should be avoided as the paper states that
During world war two, a strain of Penicillium chrysogenum was isolated from the mould growing on a cantaloupe (reference) for the development of penicillin. This was after searching through many mould families developing on different food items so penicillin strains do develop but are rare.
The problem faced is that moulds cannot be differentiated from each other through sight nor is all penicillin moulds safe (reference). Whatever be the case, I hope that you didn't venture to try and eat that beetroot.