February 27, 2020

What you see: An orange slice that looked normal and, many hours later, turned purple
What it is: A pigment in the orange reacted with iron on the knife used to chop it
Eat or toss: Chances are you discovered the orange had turned purple after you ate some of it. Don't...

January 10, 2020

The first time you make candied citrus peels, you might feel like you’re somehow cheating. After all, these gummy-bear-like candies cost pennies to make, but when you wrap them up as a gift or display them on your dessert table, they’ll glitter like jewels.

All this fro...

December 8, 2019

What you see: A dark, scratched-out-looking spot on your grapefruit
What it is: Probably an injury from the harvest process
Eat or toss? Eat! As long as it’s dry (and therefore healed), the wound won’t impact your fruit

The story:
When this grapefruit was harvested, odd...

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 1, 2018

What you see: A delicate white fluff in the center of your clementine (or tangerine, or other type of mandarin)
What it is: Basically just an airier version of the white pith that lines the inside of the peel and the space between segments. It's called albedo.
Eat or t...

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