December 8, 2018

I still remember my first sip of that strange drink called shrub. It was refreshing, perfectly fruity, sweet, but not cloying; it had a little bit of a bite. 

“What IS this?” I asked the bartender. This is when he explained that a shrub was a “drinking vinegar.”


August 19, 2018

Bitter pit. Photo courtesy of Penn State University.

What you see: Little, dark sunken spots on the outside of your apple; and/or brown spots just underneath the skin
What it is: Bitter pit, a defect caused by insufficient calcium
Eat or toss: Peel off the spots and eat...

July 10, 2018

ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar crafts some truly local ciders in Washington, DC. Featured as part of the original #RescueDish for using apples that might have otherwise been wasted, the Washington, DC restaurant and cidery has a number of sustainability tricks up its oak ba...

November 18, 2017

What you see: Scab-like browning on apple skin What it is: Apple scab! Eat or toss?...

October 10, 2017

What you see: Black smudgy spots on apple skin
What it is: A fungus called sooty blotch
Eat or toss? Eat! You’re seeing a cosmetic issue, not anything that will hurt you. You can also quite easily rub or rinse off the sooty stuff. 

This apple may look like it just...

June 12, 2017

What you see: Tiny dots all over the surface of your apple What it is: Lenticels! These are tiny pores that apples use to breathe. Eat or toss?...

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