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...

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...

August 12, 2018

What you see: Light brown scars on the peel, in a pattern something like broken lace
What it is: Wind scar
Eat or toss? Eat! This is only a superficial issue

The story: 
Wind scar is a rather poetic name, isn’t it? And it happens just as you might imagine — when windy c...

July 19, 2018

What you see: Brown/orangish colors in your eggplant’s skin
What it is: Likely cold injury 
Eat or toss: The eggplant pictured above was too far gone to save. But if you only see a small patch of orange, you’re good to cut it off and eat the rest

The story:


This eggplan...

June 19, 2018

What you see: Brownish coloring inside your eggplant What it is: Oxidation Eat or toss: ...

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