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

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Are seeds in melons and other fruits good to eat?

I usually throw away seeds in melons (and other fruits) and I paradoxically buy different seeds from the store. Are seeds in such things good to eat and where can I use them? Because they are not dry, ...
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Soaking fruit in alcohol

I thought that soaking fruit in whiskey would be tasty so last night, I filled a mason jar with pear pieces and filled it up with Jack Daniels. What is the optimal amount of time this should be ...
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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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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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How do you wash fruit and veggies effectively?

When eating or preparing fruit and vegetables, you should wash them beforehand to get rid of pesticides, bacterias, fertilizers, etc. However, I notice that I (and others I know), just put the thing ...
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How to deseed a guava?

I found guavas in the local Asian store and bought one out of curiosity. While I have had guava juice, I've never eaten the fruit before. I bit into the fruit only to find my mouth full of hard ...
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Are calemondin leaves edible?

I have a little bush which lost quite a few leaves due to overwatering. They are healthy looking and fragment. I wonder if I can use them in a similar way to kaffir lime leaves? I couldn't find much ...
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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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Can durian be used as a cocktail ingredient?

I saw that a local Asian supermarket sells durian, so I picked one up, and was thinking that making an alcoholic drink for Christmas would be a great idea, but what kind of drinks could I make? It ...
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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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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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Does anyone pre-juice their fruit juice for sale?

I would like to know if there are stores out there that that pre-juice their fruit juices on the eve of sale, perhaps for 24-hours only since juicing. Have they been successful? What are the methods ...
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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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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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Simple things to do with very tart plums? [closed]

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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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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Sweetening cranberry juice impossible?

I have used sugar to sweeten things and it usually works. Lemons - Yes Limes - Yes Blueberries - Yes(they get tart when they are overripe and most overripe blueberries are used for blueberry juice) ...
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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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Sweet plums going tart as I chew

I have noticed that when I eat a plum that at least near the skin layer my sweet receptors are first activated by the plum juice and flesh but the more I chew it(doesn't matter if it is flesh or skin) ...
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How do I pick a watermelon at the supermarket?

Lately, every watermelon I bring home form the organic section of the supermarket has not been sweet.  Among the small, seedless varieties, I try to pick the densest. How do I know if it is ripe?  Can ...
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What is the purpose of using ice cubes in smoothies over frozen fruit?

I usually make smoothies with frozen fruit berries and a banana with a liquid like orange juice or home made kefir. I notice lots of smoothie recipes online call for ice cubes and fresh fruit. Is ...
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How to make Banana juice

I have looked up how to make Banana juice because I wondered if it was possible. It turns out that it is. I read that it is best to use a blender for this. Wouldn't I just end up with a banana puree ...
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why might the pineapple on the bottom of the pineapple-upside-down-cake float into the batter?

I have 2 pineapple upside down cakes. for one, the pineapple stayed on the bottom and can be seen beautifully when turned out of the pan. The other the fruit floated up into the batter and cannot be ...
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Do Pineapples Ripen After They Are Picked

Do pineapples ripen after they are picked? I had alway thought you could leave them on the counter to ripen, however, I recently heard they don't ripen after they are picked.
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Coconut Water from White vs Brown Coconuts

The warning label on each coconut describes how to treat the water within each. The water on the brown coconut is to be discarded; the water on the white coconut is safe for consumption. In what ...
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Why are berries so expensive?

I am trying to eat healthier with less processed foods and I'm a pretty smart guy to begin with. But I can't figure this out for the life of me - why are berries so expensive? I love things like ...
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Would freezing a whole pineapple change it visually?

If I freeze a whole pineapple with skin and stalk left attached, is the color likely to be affected? The fruit will be used for a fruit tray display only, so taste is not a concern. Thanks!
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What is this citrus fruit?

I had this delicious citrus fruit today that I'm having trouble identifying. I think it might be a tangelo, but I'm not sure. It was seedless and had a tangy/sour taste. Unlike a clementine, it did ...
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How to eat Rambutan?

I am having trouble separating the pit, or seed like thing, in a Rambutan. It easily comes out, but leaves a sticky layer of "bark" on the white part of the fruit. This bark-like substance is really ...
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Extracting colour out of strawberries

Are there any techniques which I can use to get the colour of strawberries condensed in a way that doesn't contain the flavour? I am looking to colour cakes in particular with a more natural ...
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How do I use whole fresh tamarind?

On a whim I bought some tamarind at the grocery store this week. I'm most familiar with it from the dish Pad Thai. My idea at the time was that I would "do something" with it and a pork chop. Pork ...
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How are green and ripe plantains used differently?

I see both green and black (ripe) plantains for sale. I'm assuming they aren't used interchangeably. What kinds of dishes or techniques are appropriate for each type? Are the different types favored ...
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How does produce grading in the US work?

The US has a lot of standards about grading produce. Is everything graded on the same scale (with the same labels)? What characteristics do the grades generally depend on, and what characteristics do ...
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Skin oranges 24-h in advance?

I want to squeeze oranges quickly using the screw-type motorized juicers (e.g. Hurom). It would be good if I can have them pre-supremed and ready to be put in the juicer. Will removing the rind of ...
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Vegetable similar to ivy gourd?

I'm looking for the English name for a vegetable / fruit that looks like an Ivy Gourd. The taste is similar as well, but the texture is gritty. The Gujarati pronunciation is puhr-ver, but I have no ...
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What's the difference between a cobbler, crisp, crumble, buckle, and betty?

I've heard all these terms at different times but never really understood the differences. What distinguishes various fruit-and-topping desserts such as a cobbler, crisp, crumble, buckle, or betty -- ...
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data about the rate of nutrient decay in fruit/vegetable juice [closed]

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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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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What is the white dust on red grapes?

I bought some red grapes, and they have a thin layer of white dust on them. What is this? It has no flavor and seems to be harmless, but sources differ on what exactly it is, so if anyone has an ...
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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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How long should I mature my mincemeat before making Mince Pies?

Having decided on the spur of the moment to make Mince Pies with home-made mincemeat (a mixture of chopped fruit, distilled spirits, spices, and fat), I'm wondering if I really should leave the fruit ...
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Can I soak dried fruit in sweet wine instead of liqueur for use in fruitcakes?

The recipes for fruitcake that I've looked at say to soak the dried fruit in brandy, rum, etc., i.e., something with a high alcohol content. I've been using liqueur which works well. I was wondering ...
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What happens when you bake Winesap apples?

In researching the answer to a question of why the apples in a pie became mushy, I noticed that two of my cookbooks contradicted each other on the Winesap apple, on whether it remains firm upon baking....
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How long should I let durian ripen in a freezer bag?

I recently picked up some cut up durian at an Asian supermarket, and since pre-packaged fruit normally is a little under ripe, I was wondering how long I should allow the durian to ripen in the bag ...
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How to keep fresh-squeezed fruit juice?

Is there any way to keep fresh-squeezed fruit juice (especially apple or orange) for at least one week without losing taste and vitamins in it? Would a jar with a tight lid be useful?
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What's this yellow plum-like fruit with a spiky stone? West Africa

I recently bought a couple of these from a fruit seller in Sierra Leone. On the right is the stone after eating the fruit. They're small-ish, a similar size to a lime or a kiwi fruit. I asked the ...
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Why is my avocado tough and rubbery?

This is the second avocado from the same bag that is tough and rubbery. The pit won't come out without leaving a skin, and it won't peel out of it's skin without cutting the skin off. I made sure it ...
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How to pick good clementines and mandarins at the supermarket?

Sometimes I get some "dry" clementines with barely any juice, and sometimes they are juicy but bitter. How do I make sure they're juicy and not bitter?
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How much juice is in 1 pear

For a science project I need to know how much juice is in 1 pear or apple. I looked on the internet, but didn't find anything that answered my question.
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Can a blood orange be half bloody?

I've got a "sanguino moro" (blood/red) orange, but it appears to be only half-bloody, as in the photo below. However all figures I've found on the internet show oranges that are purely red inside, for ...