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

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Why did my banana catch fire in the microwave?

Wow, that sounds like a silly question, but really! My wife froze bananas in the freezer with the peel still on. You can't peel them frozen. I put it in the microwave for one minute at 50% power. ...
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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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Food safety of meat vs. veggies and fruit with mold on them

Obviously, it's bad to eat moldy food, so I don't do so. However, the other day I was presented with both an old pot roast and asparagus in the fridge, both of which had grown mold. Of course, I ...
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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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What does the refrigerator crisper compartment actually do?

In most refrigerators you will be able to find a compartment for your vegetables and fruits. This compartment is called the crisper and it is supposedly able to keep your vegetables and fruits fresh ...
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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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How to deconstruct a pumpkin

In a fit of pumpkin-bread-craving I bought a pumpkin (labelled "for cooking" instead of "show"), only to realize I have no idea what to do with it. I already plan on scraping the seeds out and ...
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How do I keep fruit from sinking to the bottom of my cake?

I recently had the opportunity to cook a series of yoghurt cakes. The first batch were tasty yet somewhat dense. For the second batch, I (successfully) attempted to lighten the cake by first beating ...
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how to peel a pomegranate efficiently?

Two well known facts about pomegranates: they are yummy they are a pain to peel by hand do you know of any efficient ways to peel pomegranates? by efficient i mean two things: quick minimum ...
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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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I would like to try grilling fruit - any suggestions?

I had a catered lunch the other day that had grilled fruit (apples, pineapples) it was great and I wanted to try it at home. Are there any tips as far as preparation or what to glaze them with or ...
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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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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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Can any harm come of eating watermelon seeds?

Is there any harm in swallowing watermelon seeds? Or will they simply pass from one end to the other?
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Is it scientifically verified that bananas will ripen faster when kept in a bowl with other fruit?

I've heard you shouldn't keep bananas in a bowl with other fruit. But they all look so happy together. What I'd like to see is hard science here. Or at least documented and repeatable observation. ...
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Which fruits and vegetables should be kept in a fridge, and which outside?

I'm a bit unsure about which fruits and veggies should be kept outside the fridge and which inside. It seems that apples, oranges, and bananas, are normally kept outside, and melons, watermelons, etc ...
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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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What is the glaze on a bakery-style fruit tart?

I am looking to re-create a bakery-style fruit tartlette. I was wondering what the glaze on top of the fruit tarts you find in US bakeries is and how you can create it at home. I have heard that it's ...
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What's the most efficient way to juice halved lemons and limes?

Between squeezers, reamers, and juicers, what's the fastest way to juice small citruses? Limes are cheap in my area, so I'm willing to sacrifice juice per fruit if I can get the same volume faster ...
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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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How to keep fruits and vegetables fresh

I enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, but the problem is that they seem to go back extremely quickly. It isn't realistic for me to go shopping multiple times a week. Are there any tricks to keeping ...
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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 to pick a good mango at a local store?

Simply just like the title says. I LOVE mango. But the thing is I don't know how to pick a good one at the local store. I read some tips somewhere from Googling (long time ago, I don't remember its ...
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Who knows what this fruit is called?

It has a slightly thick skin like an apple, semi-dry and grainy texture, with a slight apple flavor, about the size of a large grape, with one pit, reminiscent of that of a date.
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Which types of apples are considered to be “quick-cooking” apples?

In my great-grandmother's recipe for Open-Face Apple Pie, she writes, "Cut apples in eighths if they are not quick-cooking." I assume that this means some apples will cook more quickly than others, ...
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How can I keep chopped fruit fresh for 2-3 hours?

I need to cut up a large amount of fruit for use in a pavlova dessert tomorrow night - although the same question would no doubt apply to a fruit salad or other fresh fruit item. Anyway, I won't have ...
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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 ...
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What is the best way to store fresh berries?

I have been buying fresh berries from the store on the weekends, and am looking for the best way to make them last throughout the week for use as either a snack or as a component for salads. The ...
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Why are my strawberries keeping so long?

The California strawberries my husband buys are completely white at the stem, but bright red throughout the body, as well as being tasteless and staying fresh in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. Is it ...
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Tips for Creating a Creamy and Smooth Sorbet

Recently I purchased and ice cream maker and have been making lots of sorbets with our surplus frozen fruit. Often I will follow a recipe however sometimes not: sometimes the sorbets are icy after ...
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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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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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How do I make dried blueberries?

How do you make dried blueberries? Can I use an oven? Is there a proper technique or do I just bake them on low for a few hours?
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Are nectarine seeds edible?

Eating a nectarine this afternoon, I found the pit was cracked open. Curious, I broke it apart and found an almond-like seed (or nut?) inside. I remember hearing that some almonds, or perhaps their ...
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What's Fruit Salt?

A recipe I am trying out (for khaman dhokla) requires fruit salt. What is it? What can I use as a suitable substitute?
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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 do I tell if a cantaloupe is ripe?

I have a tough time telling if my cantaloupe is ripe (without opening it and trying it. Any suggestions?
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Cooking fruit with or without sugar solution

Why does fruit retain its shape when heated in sugared water but break down when heated with just plain water?
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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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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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Kids Lunch box - suggestion for fruit smoothie packaging

Could you suggest how to package a home made fruit smoothie to make it appealing to young children. The kids seem to love fruit tubes by innocent in their lunch boxes as they are colourful, easy to ...
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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's the least messy way to prepare grapefruit?

I usually cut it in half (through the equator) and eat it with a spoon but the juices tend to spray everywhere. Is there a better way?
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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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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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How can I create this coconut milk, fruit, and veggie snack at home?

My baby and I both enjoy Happy Creamies. I don't enjoy the price, however, and I do enjoy making food for my family. I'm trying to figure out what the basics of a similar homemade item would be. ...
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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 ...