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November 21, 2020

What you see: Corky, bumpy, light brown stuff on the surface of the squash. It may look like dirt, but it won’t wash off.
What it is: Healed over areas; they could be responding to anything from an infection to a wound to too much water
Eat or toss? Eat! This only affe...

October 30, 2020

Has the pandemic made you strive even harder to avoid wasting food? Many Americans report that coronavirus has caused them to develop new food habits. EatOrToss's Rachael Jackson writes for The Washington Post on whether this could lead to less household food waste eve...

October 20, 2020

What you see: Darkened skin in a drip pattern around the stem of your mango
What it is: A chemical burn from the mango’s naturally occurring sap
Eat or toss: Eat! The mango flesh below should still be fine.  

The story:
Cavalierly pull a mango off a tree and odds are go...

October 10, 2020


What you see: Rough brown skin forming a thick band that partially or entirely encircles the fruit. The apple is probably shaped a bit oddly too.
What it is: Frost ring, which occurs after there’s a freeze when apples are in bloom 
Eat or toss: Eat!

The story: 

September 25, 2020

From the particulars of peach harvesting to why some leafy greens are sturdier than others, I learned so, so much at the virtual Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops short course at UC Davis this summer. I’m still going through my notes, but wanted to share s...

September 9, 2020

Today we’re excited to share this guest post from Boston couple Ben Jamieson and Sarah Glinski, whose pandemic accomplishments include baking sourdough bread and finding uses for their extra sourdough starter. Oh, and also they got engaged! Congrats Ben and Sarah! And...

July 23, 2020

What you see: Broccoli with a blueish tinge
What it is: Plant pigments and/or a waxy coating on the broccoli
Eat or toss: Eat! This is normal for broccoli

The story:
This broccoli may look a little blue, but there's nothing to be sad about here. This head just happens t...

July 17, 2020

When I’m putting together pieces for EatOrToss, I often turn to researchers in a field known as postharvest science. These are the horticulturists, plant pathologists, engineers and others who study our fruits and vegetables, and what it takes to grow, harvest, process...

July 7, 2020

What you see: White cauliflower with some random purple patches in the branches and stem
What it is: Bonus colors from anthocyanins, common plant pigments
Eat or toss: Eat! This is harmless. In fact, anthocyanins are good for you!

The story:
I’ve never had the pleasure...

June 30, 2020

Eating the last pickle doesn’t mean your pickle jar is empty! Consider: pickle juice. The brine is salty, acidic, complex, and sometimes even comes with herbs and spices that can enhance everything from a salad to a cocktail. Or, bread. It’s lovely in bread. 


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