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December 2, 2019

What you see: A carrot that’s split
What it is: The carrot literally cracked under pressure
Eat or toss: Eat! It’s perfectly fine.

The story:
Carrots, with their hard tissue and relatively long shelf life, may seem like sturdy and robust veggies. And of course, they are...

November 26, 2019

My husband and I rarely buy bread. Not because we’re cutting carbs or hate sandwiches, but because we often encounter orphaned bread—the final pieces in the restaurant bread basket, for example—that needs a loving home. We stash the bread in the freezer and toast it up...

November 25, 2019

What you see: A papery, dried stem-y bit attached to your potato
What it is: The remnants of a stem that should have fallen off
Eat or toss: Pinch or cut it off and eat! This is harmless.

The story:

The first word of the day is abscission, otherwise known as the natural...

November 21, 2019

A number of years ago, I stopped buying broth. Instead, after an excellent tip from a co-worker (thanks, Mark!), we started saving all our veggie scraps and popping them in a bag in the freezer. Onion tops, pepper cores, hard tomato parts, squash skins, corn cobs, toug...

November 18, 2019

What you see: Milky juice coming out of your onion as you chop
What is it: Onion juice!
Eat or toss: Eat! This is a perfectly fine onion. 

The story:
The onion plant’s ancestors likely evolved bulbs to store water and nutrients over the winter and during droughts. Fast...

November 16, 2019

What you see: A carrot with a white core
What it is: A perfectly fine, two-toned carrot
Eat or toss: Eat! 

The story:

This carrot offers a lovely lesson in xylem and phloem tissue. As you may remember from grade school science class, the xylem (which is white in this car...

November 10, 2019

What you see: Green wormy grubs in broccoli, maybe even left behind in your cooking water (where they probably turned white). They may have also eaten away at part of the broccoli.
What it is: Caterpillars, specifically imported cabbageworms
Eat or toss: Pick off...

November 5, 2019

What you see: A worm thing burrowing in your turnip
What it is: A maggot! Specifically, a root maggot.
Eat or toss: Cut around the maggot and its trails. The rest of the turnip is fine. 

The story:
Talk about an uninvited dinner guest.

Root maggots are skilled at making...

October 27, 2019

Hotel buffets and catered events are notorious for wasting food, which got the World Wildlife Fund’s attention because wasted food means wasted crop land. Precious wildlife habitat is being overtaken by agriculture, so for the love of everyone from big cats to tiny fro...

October 11, 2019

What you see: Black veins running through mango flesh
What it is: Darkened vascular canals!
Eat or toss? Cut around them if you’d like, but the mango is still fine to eat. 

The story: 

Perhaps one of the creepier mango defects, these black strings weird me out every time...

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