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April 1, 2020

Editor's note: Interviews for this story were conducted in March 2020, and, unless otherwise specified, most sources cited were published in the past month. Please keep in mind that our understanding of coronavirus is constantly changing. And see our earlier piece on t...

March 25, 2020

What you see: A black pattern inside your potato
What it is: A number of issues cause black areas to form in potatoes; the potato pictured above most likely spent too much time in a place that was too cold.
Eat or toss: Eat! This potato might be a little sweeter than n...

March 24, 2020

Editor's note: As the novel coronavirus has turned our society upside down, we've all had a number of questions about eating safely while minimizing exposure. At EatOrToss we're combing through studies and articles and consulting with experts to help you make informed...

March 23, 2020

Sourcing beans from Brazil, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, Harper Macaw has been making bean-to-bar chocolate in Washington, DC since 2015. Named for the harpy eagle and strikingly blue hyacinth macaw, two at-risk birds found in Brazil’s rainforests, the company...

March 13, 2020

What you see: A white capsule on the underside of your kale leaf
What it is: The cocoon of a pupating insect
Eat or toss: Flick off the cocoon, give the kale a good rinse and proceed with dinner

The story:
Certain types of insects go through several distinct stages: the...

March 10, 2020

Cauliflower cores and stems don’t need to be discarded! They may seem all hard and unapproachable, but with a little coaxing in some boiling water and a nice blend with some beans, oil and garlic, you’ll be on your way to a nice dip, side dish or even a component of a...

March 5, 2020

What you see: Brownish discoloration inside a plum
What it is: Likely flesh browning from too-cold storage 
Eat or toss: The plum doesn’t taste good, right? It’s probably mealy and relatively flavorless. It won’t hurt you, but if you aren’t enjoying it, go ahead and to...

February 27, 2020

What you see: An orange slice that looked normal and, many hours later, turned purple
What it is: A pigment in the orange reacted with iron on the knife used to chop it
Eat or toss: Chances are you discovered the orange had turned purple after you ate some of it. Don't...

February 24, 2020

Mangos are easily my favorite fruit to eat, and one of my least favorite to cut up. Despite myriad “hacks” offered on the internet, every technique seems to fail against the slippery fruit and it’s clingy flesh. My not terribly innovative approach is to use a paring kn...

February 21, 2020

Check out my latest in the Washington Post, about the sad day when our freezer stopped freezing and how you can avoid or mitigate your own soggy, defrosted disaster. Read it here

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