What you see: Your potato has left a lot of white stuff on your cutting board. What it is: Potato starch!Eat or toss: Please do not eat your cutting board.
What you see: Black discoloration on your shrimp. The tails are turning black and amorphous black blobs have formed where the shell segments connect. What
What you see: Your blue cheese seems to have developed fuzzy mold, beyond the blue areas you expected. What it is: More mold!Eat or toss: We’re calling this a
What you see: Raised lines and scars on the avocado’s peel; the fruit’s overall shape is distorted. What it is: Ridging! Eat or toss: Eat! This
What you see: Something yellow and maybe leafy or sprouty growing inside your red cabbage. What it is: The cabbage is bolting!Eat or toss: Eat! Nothing wrong
What you see: Zucchini skin. What it is: The skin of the zucchini!Eat or toss: Eat, eat, eat! Zucchini skin is edible! And nutritious While many types of
What you see: A dark, purplish “dust” on the surface of your avocado, just under the skin. What it is: Pigment from the skin. Eat or toss: Eat! The purple
What you see: A squash that’s stringy on the inside. What it is: An old squash. Aging made the squash's internal plumbing visible. Eat or toss: It probably
What you see: A green substance on the surface of the yogurt. What it is: Mold. Eat or toss: The mold could have penetrated deeper than you could see, making
What you see: A tomato that looks red on the outside, but has a green tinge inside its skin. What it is: A tomato that didn’t mature and/or ripen properly. Eat
What you see: Parts of your cucumber or cucumber slices are translucent and look “water-soaked.” What it is: Chilling or freezing damage. Eat or toss: Eat!
What you see: White stuff on your cheese. You’re worried about uninvited mold. What it is: If it’s soft and you can spot “filaments,” it’s mold. (If it’s
What you see: A strikingly white area just below the potato peel. What it is: A white “knot,” basically a bruise that didn’t turn dark colors, as bruises
What you see: Peaches with black spots. What it is: Peach scab, a disease that tends to stay on the surface. Eat or toss: Peel. If the flesh below
What you see: Black seeds lurking among the normal seeds in your tomato. What it is: A seed that isn’t normal, but isn’t harmful either. Eat or toss? Eat! If
What you see: Black spots on your salmon. What it is: Likely dark pigments (“melanin spots”) the salmon produced in response to a virus or other