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...

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...

September 24, 2018

What you see: White dots in your aged Italian-style or gouda cheeses that are clearly not mold
What it is: Crystals of an amino acid called tyrosine
Eat or toss: Eat! If an aged cheese and a textured mouthfeel are what you’re looking for, you may even want to count you...

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