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 fruit pair well with spinach?

What fruit pair well with spinach? This is for a cold spinach-based salad rather than cooked spinach, but I'd be interested in warm spinach too.
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Washing Vegetables With And Storing Lemon Essential Oil?

According to this article it is better to use lemon essential oil when washing vegetables. It is said to add prepared mixture to spray bottle but nothing about if it is possible to store spray bottle ...
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Can a convection microwave be used to dry fruit

My wife has been wanting a dehydrator and our conventional microwave just went up. I did some research and found a new breed of microwave that I was previously unaware of, namely, the convection ...
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Fruit salad with tomatoes

In a recent trip to my local supermarket with the intention of purchasing items for a fruit salad, I picked up some oranges, bananas, lemons, grapefruit, and a few other select fruits. This got me ...
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What should I know about the peels of raw fruit and vegetables?

I've not been paying much attention to what I ate, but now I have just become a vegetarian and want to try eating much more raw foods. I know that in many fruit and vegetables, most of the important ...
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How can i tell if a pineapple will be sweet?

A lot of the times when i bring a pineapple home and eat it, i get a semi-sweet and sour taste. How can you tell when is the right time to eat your pineapple to get very sweet pineapple meat?
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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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How can I use persimmons in a cooked dish?

I've recently had my first taste of a persimmon, having no idea how it tastes or how it should be eaten, I cut it into slices and ate it like an apple. It is a very interesting sweet taste, and ...
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Minimal tasty preparation of raw chayote

I've got a couple of chayotes that I'd like to try raw. I've never had chayote before, but from what I've read, they're pretty bland when raw and require significant seasoning to be tasty. How do you ...
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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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Why do some mangoes ripen without changing flesh color?

I frequently buy batches of mangoes to sun-ripen. 5% of these mangoes retain yellow flesh (and do not darken to orange) even as the fruit ripens (and becomes tasty). Why does this happen? Is this ...
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How to wash pesticides from fruit skins?

We eat many fruits and veggies at home and I am concerned about the amount pesticides on fruits like strawberries. Is washing the fruit effective enough? Does a thorough wash vs. a quick rinse make ...
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How to make smooth ice cream flavored with fresh fruit?

What are the key techniques to create a smooth ice cream that's flavored with fresh fruit? How do I prepare the fruit, and when is the best time to add it to the ice cream? In the past, I've had ...
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How should I keep date palm fruit at my home?

My neighbour gave us date palm fruit, its colour is not that black, kind of brown, not as sweet as the date palm fruit I ate before. I'm not sure if it's ripen already, but it's sweet enough, so my ...
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How to add fresh fruit chunks to ice cream?

What are the key techniques when adding chunks of fresh fruit to homemade ice cream? How do I prepare the fruit, and when is the best time to add it to the ice cream? I don't want the fruit to be a ...
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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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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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Making fruit syrup less viscous while retaining flavor

I'm making snow cones from real fruit syrup that I'm making myself - the problem is that the fruit syrup comes out too viscous and it tends to set on top of the snow cone ice. Is there anyway to make ...
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How can I make use of an underripe mango

I bought a mango this morning that seemed to be ripe; at least it was the ripest of the bunch. I'm somewhat acquainted with picking out red/green mangoes, but this was my first exposure to yellow ...
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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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How to wash soft fruit?

I bought a pack of blackberries from the supermraket and the label said to wash before use. I tried that and it completely ruined them. I tried running them under a tap (faucet). Ruined. I tried ...
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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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Which type of blueberry for making jam?

If I want to make blueberry jam, which type of blueberry should I use? I just bought a pack of blueberry, but I found that the flesh/pulp of them is not blue, but light green in color. When people ...
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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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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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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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Do Raisins Become Stale

Do Raisins become stale? What happens to them? How should I store them?
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Culinary uses for juniper extract?

I bought some juniper extract for making bath stuff, and it doesn't seem to be very effective for this purpose. I have used juniper berries before, so I thought I might be able to use the extract for ...
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Are there alternative ways to test fruit preserves for doneness?

I've tried twice to make fruit preserves using only the natural pectins in the fruit. The first time with plums where the jam was much to thick, and yesterday orange marmalade which came out tasting ...
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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 to recover jam that has set too hard?

Every time I make jam I always manage to set it too hard. Is there any way to recover it once it's done this?
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How do I adjust a baking recipe for fruits of different PH?

I just cooked some apple bread, and I'm curious about adapting it to other fruits. I'm led to believe that the acidity of a fruit will cancel out some of the effect of baking powder or baking soda by ...
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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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What is hot raspberry puree?

I have a caramel recipe that calls for hot raspberry puree to be added near the end of cooking. I'm assuming that the seeds are supposed to be removed, so how is this different from raspberry juice? ...
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What to do with Pickled Figs

I have a jar of pickled figs bought for me as a present, and would like to make good use of them. Any ideas??
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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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How to remove the rind from Citrus Sugar?

I made citrus sugar a while ago (basically chopped up lemon rinds in a canning jar with sugar) and have now decided to remove the lemon before giving the sugar away. So far I have tried wrapping the ...
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How long does a fruit and sugar mixture last?

I made a sauce with frozen rhubarb and raspberry mixed with sugar and reduced it until there is hardly any juice left. I put the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Would this still be ...
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How do I remove bitterness from bitter melon

We use bitter melon/bitter gourd for making curry. We boil bitter gourd in water couple of times to remove bitterness which is very time consuming. Is there any better way to remove bitterness?
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Using Elderberries in Cooking

I noticed that there's lots of elderberries near where I live, and I had an idea about making an elderberry brulee, but I'm sure that the elderberries would be a little too sharp if simply cooked. ...
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Can you freeze apples?

What is the best way to freeze apples? I am planning on cooking with them when they defrost.
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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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How do I ripen unripe oranges and grapefruits?

Sometimes when I buy oranges or grapefruits I find out that they are rather unripe when I get them home. How do I ripen them?
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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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Substitute frozen cranberries for fresh berries

I just came across this recipe that calls for 1 1/4 cups of fresh cranberries. I was wondering if it was possible to substitute frozen cranberries instead. I am assuming that I have to thaw the ...
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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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How should I organize my fruits for storage?

As I learnt from this post, there are some fruits that should not be kept together with the others (e.g. watermelon and apple). Which fruits should be kept separately in order to prevent rotting?
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cooking with cherimoya

Cherimoya is an amazing delicacy that I highly recommend; however, I haven't found much culinary use for it other than eating it raw. What's your experience on cooking with this fruit? and on a side ...
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Is there a technique for glacé (glazing) that could speed up the process?

I saw a recipe for glacéing (is that a word?) cherries, and at one stage they required anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks soaking time. Are there any techniques that could speed this up, or am I just ...
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Cause of watermelon rind rotting (at room temperature)

I bought a large seedless watermelon 2 days ago, and I made sure to check for the following: Yellow underbelly Hollow sound Solid rind When I got home I left on the kitchen table. The room ...