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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. 


June 24, 2020

What you see: Translucent, watercolor-like smudges on your eggshell
What it is: Mottling, or a place where moisture is trapped in the shell
Eat or toss: Eat! This is a cosmetic issue (if it's a spiderweb pattern, however, you may be looking at a crack so check out this...

June 11, 2020

What you see: Brown speckles on your dried apricot
What it is: Natural variation on the apricot’s skin
Eat or toss: Eat!

The story:
Dried apricots come to us fully clothed. That is, processing companies dry them with their skins on; while they are sometimes sliced in ha...

June 8, 2020

What you see: A brown area inside your avocado.  
What it is: The avocado could have been dropped or otherwise bumped; And/or it could be infected.
Eat or toss: Cut out the brown area and eat the rest!

The story:
No matter how you slice it (har!), the fat end of this av...

June 5, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Lesley L. of Providence, Rhode Island, reports that concern about access to vegetables led her to reevaluate stems, seeds and other parts that might have otherwise gone to waste. Luckily for us, she’s sharing her findings on squash seed r...

June 1, 2020

What you see: Specks of grime stuck to an egg
What it is: Chicken feces (eww), possibly also dirt or bits of the carton
Eat or toss: Eat! But use some caution and avoid letting the soiled areas contact surfaces in your kitchen 

The story:
When I sent a photo of this egg...

May 28, 2020

What you see: White patches on dates you’ve had for a while
What it is: Sugar crystals!
Eat or toss: It’s just sugar. The dates will probably be harder and drier than when you first bought them. Steer clear if you smell anything off, but as long as you don’t see fuzzy...

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