November 16, 2019

What you see: A carrot with a white core
What it is: A perfectly fine, two-toned carrot
Eat or toss: Eat! 

The story:

This carrot offers a lovely lesson in xylem and phloem tissue. As you may remember from grade school science class, the xylem (which is white in this car...

November 10, 2019

What you see: Green wormy grubs in broccoli, maybe even left behind in your cooking water (where they probably turned white). They may have also eaten away at part of the broccoli.
What it is: Caterpillars, specifically imported cabbageworms
Eat or toss: Pick off...

November 5, 2019

What you see: A worm thing burrowing in your turnip
What it is: A maggot! Specifically, a root maggot.
Eat or toss: Cut around the maggot and its trails. The rest of the turnip is fine. 

The story:
Talk about an uninvited dinner guest.

Root maggots are skilled at making...

October 27, 2019

Hotel buffets and catered events are notorious for wasting food, which got the World Wildlife Fund’s attention because wasted food means wasted crop land. Precious wildlife habitat is being overtaken by agriculture, so for the love of everyone from big cats to tiny fro...

October 11, 2019

What you see: Black veins running through mango flesh
What it is: Darkened vascular canals!
Eat or toss? Cut around them if you’d like, but the mango is still fine to eat. 

The story: 

Perhaps one of the creepier mango defects, these black strings weird me out every time...

October 3, 2019

What you see: Spots on your potato’s skin; they likely each have a larger outer circle and a dot at the center
What it is: An infection of the little structures potatoes use to breathe
Eat or toss: If you’re truly committed (#nofoodwaste!), give the potato a deep peel...

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