June 11, 2020

What you see: Brown speckles on your dried apricot
What it is: Natural variation on the apricot’s skin
Eat or toss: Eat!

The story:
Dried apricots come to us fully clothed. That is, processing companies dry them with their skins on; while they are sometimes sliced in ha...

June 8, 2020

What you see: A brown area inside your avocado.  
What it is: The avocado could have been dropped or otherwise bumped; And/or it could be infected.
Eat or toss: Cut out the brown area and eat the rest!

The story:
No matter how you slice it (har!), the fat end of this av...

May 26, 2020

What you see: Brown and black streaks or dots in avocado flesh
What it is: Vascular browning! Mmmm!
Eat or toss? The avocado is edible, but may not taste as good. If the spots are relatively mild (and brown, rather than black), give it a taste test. 

The story: 
The ins...

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...

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...

September 8, 2019

What you see: Brown dots on your lettuce, especially along the lower parts of the ribs
What it is: Russet spotting! 
Eat or toss: Eat! This is harmless (for you!), though the lettuce may rot sooner. How about salad for dinner tonight?

The story:
Many types of produce gi...

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