May 21, 2020

What you see/experience: An apple with an icky, sandy texture; it’s mealy.
What it is: A mealy apple! It's been stored for a while and lost some of its moisture and texture with age.
Eat or toss: If it doesn’t bother you too much, keep eating. If it does, chop it and z...

May 18, 2020

What you see: A translucent spiderweb or shatter pattern on your egg; you may not see an apparent crack.
What it is: The shell is slightly cracked, but the membrane around the egg white is still intact. 
Eat or toss: Eat! But prioritize eating this egg and make su...

May 15, 2020

What you see: Discolored, dry-looking patches in sweet potato flesh, more toward the outside than the inside. The exterior of the sweet potato probably looks normal.
What it is: Dead and dying cells aka “internal necrosis.” Scientists are still trying to understand why...

May 13, 2020

What you see: Your golden raisins are brown
What it is: Raisins that either weren’t properly treated or were kept too warm; either could cause them to brown
Eat or toss: Eat! They’re still safe and should taste fine. 

The story:
Up until this very moment, you may have i...

May 7, 2020

What you see: A plum whose skin has split open, exposing its soft, wet interior
What it is: A cracked plum!
Eat or toss: Toss. Something problematic could have made its way into the plum flesh.

The story:
Back when they were dangling off the tree, these plums didn’t get...

May 5, 2020

What you see: A dented, cracked egg; its contents may or may not appear to have spilled out
What it is: The dent suggests that both the shell and the egg's membrane layer broke, making it easier for pathogens to enter. 
Eat or toss: This depends on when the crack occur...

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