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: ...

May 22, 2018

What you see: An odd brown pattern on the outside of a pear What it is: Russeting, a harmless response to water, frost and other environmental conditions Eat o

April 29, 2018

What you see: Brown spots on cauliflower What it is: Bruising, most likely from bumping into other cauliflower heads, or cold temperatures Eat or toss?...

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