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January 14, 2020

What you see: An onion with a thick, white “core”
What it is: An especially prominent onion stem
Eat or toss: Cut around the stem area; it will be too thick and dense to eat. The rest is fine!

The story: 
While we don’t normally think of onion layers as leaves, that’s e...

January 10, 2020

The first time you make candied citrus peels, you might feel like you’re somehow cheating. After all, these gummy-bear-like candies cost pennies to make, but when you wrap them up as a gift or display them on your dessert table, they’ll glitter like jewels.

All this fro...

January 4, 2020

On a blue-sky day in September I went to the woods with an open mind and also, erm, an open mouth.


My objective was to sample and contemplate the food that can be obtained from the plants, shrubs and trees native to my home region, the Mid-Atlantic of the United States...

December 30, 2019

What you see: Green inside your carrot
What it is: Chlorophyll that developed after excess sun exposure
Eat or toss: If it’s just a ring, like you see here (which can look like dots depending on how you peel or chop), then go ahead and eat. If it’s VERY green, give it...

December 20, 2019

There was an lunchtime book club meeting in just a few short hours. I was about to head to work and had 20 minutes, tops, to assemble my potluck contribution. I wanted something to nourish my fellow readers and, hopefully, to reference the lovely book we’d be discussin...

December 15, 2019

What you see: A greenish brownish, maybe wet "dirt" on your kale leaves
What it is: Caterpiller poop
Eat or toss:  If the kale is otherwise healthy looking, give it a gooooooood rinse, and then eat. Trim off any nibbled on areas. If the caterpillars have really sabotag...

December 8, 2019

What you see: A dark, scratched-out-looking spot on your grapefruit
What it is: Probably an injury from the harvest process
Eat or toss? Eat! As long as it’s dry (and therefore healed), the wound won’t impact your fruit

The story:
When this grapefruit was harvested, odd...

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...

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