Refers to the culinary definition of fruit: a sweet seed-containing part of a plant that is commonly eaten raw.

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What things are good to spherize with algin?

Using sodium alginate, I know you can make "caviar" of many things. For those who are not familiar with the process, here is an online explanation Looking online, however, I keep seeing the same ...
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Eating mangoes with skin intact

I grew up in a family where we had mangoes with the skin intact in fruit salad. After I got married, I was exposed to the "fact" that "nobody" eats the skin of mangoes. It is true that I have never ...
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How can I keep my blueberry pie firm without the flavor of corn starch?

In the summer, I often make a refrigerated blueberry pie. The recipe calls for a graham cracker crust, and you make the filling by cooking one pint of blueberries with one cup of sugar and 3 ...
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What are the fundamental differences between citrus fruits that necessitate different cooking techniques?

I used to cook pastries and tarts quite a bit, and one thing that always intrigued me was how recipes vary in their treatment of citrus. For instance, if you make a lemon tart, you can generally do ...
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Have strawberries changed or have I?

Strawberries used to be one of my favorite fruits. I am continually disappointed when I bite into them lately and they have little flavor unless it's that slightly fermented taste. I am sure that ...
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How can I let fruit ripen faster?

In addition to specific fruits like avocados and bananas, and the specific trick of using a brown bag, I would like to know if there are ways to let fruit and vegetables in general ripen faster. Are ...
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Name the vegetable from Nilgiri hills

I bought this in Ooty market and was told that it is a Nilgiri hills specific vegetable. It is pink on the outside and white inside with two hard black seeds in the upper half of it. It tastes sour, ...
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What considerations should be taken into account when adding any fruit to any cake?

I have a pineapple-orange cake recipe that is very good, but is from a relative - I didn't develop it. I am curious how to adjust a typical cake recipe or even a box cake mix so that I can add fruit ...
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What is “Zest” - In particular: lime/lemon zest?

I saw a recipe that asked for Lime Zest and was wondering what it was?
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What is the practical way to peel off zest of an orange?

Peeling the zest doesn't seem like peeling a full peel of an Orange. Any special kind of knieves to be used? Any special method? What precautions need to be taken care off? What is the practical way ...
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Nutritional information on fruits and veggies

I've been looking online for an extensive database of nutritional information on various fruits and vegetables. I've been advised by my doctor to start eating healthier and I'd just like to know the ...
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How do I know if a black banana is too old to be eaten?

From time to buy, I buy too many bananas. For the future, I am considering refrigerating them instead of eating them, but they turn black. How can I know whether a black banana is still edible?
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Can bright green avocados be ripe?

I very rarely buy avocado, but now I happen to have two of them in my kitchen. I'm used to ripe avocado having this colour: Now, mine are more brightly green, like this: They aren't very soft, ...
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Making juice from fresh fruit

I bought pineapple and mango with the intention of making some juice out of them. I tried puréeing the fruit in the food processor and then mixed it with some water and lemon juice in the blender. The ...
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Do raisins have a maximum shelf life?

I have a box of raisins in my cabinet that have been there for many years. Should I discard them or can they still be salvaged for use in baking or cooking?
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mysterious green middle eastern plums

I was on a trip to the middle east a year or so ago around mid spring. I was offered what looked like a green plum. The taste was very sour and hard (not soft like a plum). The locals called it ...
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What effects will xylitol have as a sugar substitute?

What effects does xylitol have when used in place of sugar? Will replacing sugar with xylitol lower the calories in my candy? Does it have a laxative effect if eaten in quantity? Will my fruit ...
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Why cook green plantains?

Many cookbooks and chefs recommend cooking green plantains before eating them. Is it just because of all the starch? Or are there any toxins as in sprouting potatoes? Does the ratio of amylose to ...
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How much alcohol remains in strawberries soaked in alcohol?

I know that the alcohol content of food that is prepared with alcohol is a tricky study, as evidenced by the fact that food left out overnight stored overnight loses, by one study, 30% of its alcohol ...
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Fruit peeling techniques

I came across this page (How to peel a mango) while surfing and I found it very interesting. What kind of methods and knives/kitchen gadgets do you use to peel fruits? Are there different tools to ...
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data about the rate of nutrient decay in fruit/vegetable juice

This is a related question to Do centrifugal juicers destroy vitamins through friction? Is there any quantitative data about the rate of vitamin & nutrient decay in fruit/vegetable juice? We ...
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Freeze-drying fruit at home?

Is it possible to freeze-dry fruit at home without expensive special equipment (or get the same dryness otherwise)? Especially I want to get the fruit to the crisp dryness1 of freeze-dried fruit ...
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Can I replace treacle with molasses in my fruit cake?

I would like to know if replacing treacle with molasses in my fruit cakes will change the texture of the cake and how much molasses can I use in a 2.5 kg. of baked cake?
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Is corn a fruit, vegetable, or a nut?

I've been debating with my friends whether or not corn kernels are considered to be fruits or vegetables or nuts. To my knowledge, a fruit is a sweet "bubble" (in that it's a membrane with a fleshy ...
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When is the right time to pick blueberries?

My neighbor brought over a fresh batch of blueberries. Some are sweet and some are sour. He told us to come over and pick some whenever we wanted, but I don't know the right time to pick them so ...
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How does pineapple react with water?

After having bought my first pineapple, I had been instructed to be careful about washing my hands if I ever got pineapple on it (after slicing it open). Furthermore, I was told that I shouldn't wash ...
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Hints on storage of vegetables and fruit

Different fruits and vegetables require different treatment in order to preserve their integrity, micronutrient contents and especially taste over the longest period possible. Time and again I am ...
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How can I preserve an orange (peel) for as long as possible?

Not really cooking-related, but I thought I might ask here anyway. I got some signatures on an orange, and want to preserve them for as long as possible. Should I peel the orange? Freeze it? I heard ...
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What are ways to extract the juice from a pomegranate?

Is there an efficient way to extract the juice from a fresh pomegranate?
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Can most sour fruits be jelled by cooking with sugar?

I make jam all the time, using pectin. But the recipes only list a few dozen common fruits. Recently, I wanted to make crabapple jam or jelly, and I found a recipe that essentially had me cook the ...
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What are the costs to consider when making jam?

I am trying to dertermine what kinds of jam are particularly cost-effective to make at home. I have been given a few bits of equipment for jam making, and am looking forward to getting started. We ...
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What's an easy to use juicer that juices oranges as well as other fruit?

I would like to buy a juicer for making fruit juice, including orange juice. But the juicers that I've seen fall into one of two categories: Work for all fruits, but you have to peel oranges. Work ...
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Meat and fruit dessert

I'm having an event where one of the rules is that every dish has to contain both fruit and meat. I've spent the last half hour pondering as to what should I prepare as dessert. Question: What makes ...
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Can I re-freeze fruit?

I bought about 1.2kg of frozen raspberries with the intention of using them yesterday, but it turns out I won't need them for another couple of weeks. I had let them thaw but have put them in the ...
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Baking watermelon

A while back I saw an article/recipe for baking watermelon -- the watermelon was cut into fillets and baked for a couple hours (IIRC). This was supposed to totally change the texture and give it an ...
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Flavor combination for yogurt smoothie. Raspberry and what? [on hold]

I am making a raspberry smoothie using raspberry yogurt. I am at somewhat of a loss as to what other fruit to add for a nice combination. For example, coconut and pineapple go excellent together. ...
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What's the best way to clean and dry blueberries?

I buy organic blueberries which come in a little plastic container. I like to wash them and put them in a tupperware container. After I wash them I place them between some paper towels to let them ...
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Storing fresh peaches for a long time

We just picked a bunch of peaches off our peach tree this morning. There is additional fruit left on the tree and we already have more than we can eat in the next few days. Is there a process I can ...
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Keeping ripe pears for canning later

I picked my pears Labor day weekend like I always do but when I went to can them the following weekend only about 1/4 of them were ripe. Now the rest are all very ripe and there is no way I can get to ...
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How to chill a compote?

Our apricot tree is overloaded with apricots this year so I have been trying out a variety of different apricot recipes. I am particularily enjoying an apricot compote recipe, however I am having ...
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Plum preserving/storage method that tastes like plums, not prunes (I just picked 30 lbs)

I just did some neighborhood foraging and picked 30 pounds of red plums. They are delicious, but even I will have trouble eating them all this week. Last year we made jam/preserves but it ended up ...
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How should pomegranates be stored?

What is the proper way to store a pomegranate? How long can they be stored for at room temperature? Would refrigerating pomegranates cause any problems (I'm a little worried about the fridge getting ...
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How to keep the fruit on an upside-down cake?

I made an upside-down pineapple cake. It consisted of a layer of buttered caramel, a layer of pineapple pieces, and a layer of batter, baked together. I pressed the batter between the pineapple pieces ...
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Simple things to do with very tart plums?

We got a bag of purple plums from our CSA that have a great flavor and seem ripe, but that are very tart. I'm the only person in the family who really likes sour fruit, and they are pretty sour even ...
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Fruit/nut allergy - cooking for

In this thread about cooking for people with allergies the first commenter (rightly, IMHO) suggests splitting up that general effort into more allergy-specific tips. The overall effort might still be ...
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Do bananas ripen better in rice sacks?

Okay, I know the title is a little ridiculous, but I swear I am not making this up. When I was a kid, my parents bought a lot of rice and a lot of bananas (among other things). They would get the ...
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How much sugar should I put with the fruit in a pie or crumble?

I just made a plum and apple crumble, which was delicious but I was worried it was going to be too sweet because when I was pouring the sugar in straight from the bag, it slipped and I ended up with ...
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What to do with grapefruit seeds?

I have several grapefruit trees and get tons of grapefruits almost year round. When I eat the grapefruits, which is fairly regular, I typically eat a good amount of the seeds with the fruit for ...
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what's a good technique for freezing blueberries?

I'm taking a trip to the berry patch today. I'd like to get say 3 pounds of blueberries and freeze them. The problem is that when you defrost them, they're all busted up and mushy. So I wonder if I ...
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Preserving dehydrated fruits and vegs

We bought a food dehydrator to make dog treats with. Primarily we're dehydrating yams, apples and bananas. I'm not dehydrating these to crisps because I didn't think I needed to. The dehydrated ...