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Questions tagged [fruit]

Refers to the culinary definition of fruit: a sweet and/or seed-containing part of a plant that roughly resembles a botanical fruit, even if it is not a seed-containing botanical fruit.

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what can i use as a substitute for peaches

my husband and I are starting a new diet and several of the recipes call for peaches and I am highly allergic to them what fruit can I use instead of peaches
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Fruit identification - Fruit bought in China

Does anyone know what this fruit is? I bought some from a lady in Yangshuo, China. It’s sweet and crunchy. Tastes a bit like an apricot mixed with a peach... Fruit and seed shown in picture. I have ...
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Pears caused uneven bake - how to stop this?

I baked a gingerbread cake following a recipe which seemed fairly typical for gingerbread. The instructions included slicing a pear and pinwheeling it across the top of the batter. I ended up over-...
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Prosciutto and Cantaloupe

Here's a pic of an appetizer I'd like to replicate. Can you tell me how to slice the prosciutto and cantaloupe and plate it? Thanks
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Can fresh citrus juice be reduced to concentrate flavor?

Does reducing fresh citrus juice increase its flavor and will the flavor be damaged if it is reduced too far?
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What's this orange jelly on pomelo?

I was peeling my pomelo when I noticed this orange gelatinous substance between slices. No other places were found and the fruit looks good from inside. Is it safe to eat?
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How can I package durian flesh so that its fragrance cannot be detected?

How can I package durian flesh so that its fragrance / smell cannot be detected? I tried to package some durian flesh using several layers of ziplocs followed by several layers of plastic bags but it ...
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alternative of vinegar for preventing fruits from turning black? [duplicate]

We use vinegar to prevent fruit from turning black.When we don't have vinegar what alternative is used to prevent fruits from turning black.
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Why does unpeeled fruit rot?

Generally, pathogens does not enter into fruits even if plant is irrigated with contaminated water (Link). Hence , an unpeeled fruit should not have pathogen inside to rot it. Why does then an ...
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How to efficiently separate bad from good pomegranate arils?

I've read about various techniques to get arils out of a pomegranate, including from this StackExchange site ( e.g. how to peel a pomegranate efficiently? ), but a problem that continues to vex me is ...
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Difference between cooking apples and eating apples

What is the difference between cooking apples and eating apples? With so many varieties of apples to choose from, how to choose the apples that are suitable for baking and cooking.
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Uses for tzimbalo fruit of varying ripeness?

First post! I like growing unusual fruit, but I'm a bit of a cooking novice, especially when it comes to fruit. We've just ripped out our tzimbalo (Solanum caripense) plants for the season, and now I ...
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How to preserve custard apple?

The shelf life of custard apple is very short and also it is very delicate. How can I keep it fresh for a longer time? Till now I have tried freezing it and also keeping it in a air tight box but they ...
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White efflorescence on home-dried prunes

After a year or so of storage in ZipLoc bags in the fridge, my home-dried prunes have developed a bit of whitish crust. At first I thought it was mold, but it seems like a crystalline efflorescence, ...
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When should I add fresh fruits in homemade yogurt?

I just bought an Instant Pot and want to use it to make yogurt. I found a recipe online for fresh fruit yoghurt that I want to try (https://recipes.instantpot.com/recipe/fresh-fruit-yogurt-in-the-...
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What's the best way to cut strawberries to consistent thinness, for dehydrator?

I like making dried strawberries as candy snacks for my kids, but my knife skills aren't fantastic so the thickness when I hand slice is not consistent, also as I'm doing it it feels like something ...
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Which method to use when making fruit powders?

Searching online I found a lot of videos/ articles about making fruit powders, some of them dried the fruit itself then ground it. While other juiced the fruit, then ground it. I am wondering which ...
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Can I freeze fruit shrub?

I am about to make some fruit shrub for use in drinks. I have clear instructions and I understand that it will keep safely for 6 months in the fridge (barring signs of spoilage). However, I have so ...
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How can I recognize peaches with split pits?

Split pits in stone fruit can be a real problem for farmers, because fruit that are seriously affected can’t be sold. However, if the damage isn’t obvious from the outside, the fruit are going to the ...
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Mandarins soaking in Vodka

I have been soaking mandarins segments in vodka at room temperature for 20 days in sealed preserving jars. 500mls vodka to 1 kilo mandarins. the fruit began to rise in the jar as I think it was ...
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What method can be used to remove the seed from a peach other than just trying to pull both sides after cutting it?

I tried to find an answer to this question in this community but I couldn't find one. Therefore I'm asking it. So far the method I'm using is cutting the top and the bottom with a knife and then ...
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How can I examine fruits or vegetables in a market, while minimizing mechanical damage?

From this answer and the discussion in comments: [T]he problem is mechanical damage: every time someone picks up a piece of fruit and puts it down again it may cause small soft spots and local ...
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Does the fruit label get put on a bad spot, or does the bad spot develop as a result of the label?

So often when I take the little barcode sticker off the piece of fruit when I'm washing it, I discover a blemish under the sticker. Is that because the sticker was placed so as to cover up the ...
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Does the “plunger” type cherry-pitter work?

In short has anyone tried this type: ... of cherry pitter? (example of the type). Machinery for pitting cherries is a real art form. Anyone know if these work? What concerns me is that: with the ...
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What is this fruit, anyone knows?

What fruit is this? Please see photos, thanks. This is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. It is about 3 inches in diameter.
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How can I pick the correct avocados for guacamole? [duplicate]

I tried to make guacamole the other day and it completely failed because some of the avocados that I bought were not ripe. How can I know which avocados to pick in order to make good guacamole?
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Why do some melons contain removeable dark tiny bits?

Here's my procedure for cutting melons: Wash the original whole under tap water. Peel/unpeel the rind. Wash the peeled melon again under tap water. Wash my cutting board and entire knife. Cut the ...
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Why are some dried (dehydrated) lime fruits black and others tan brown?

Whole dried limes (Limoo, Omani) come in either black or a tan brown colour. Black has a stronger flavour but what the reason for the difference? Some say that black coloured dried limes are smoked ...
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Soaking fruits and things in alcohol

So I got a wild hair one day in Feb and filled a bunch of Mason jars half full with random things and started soaking them in whiskey, vodka and sweet whiskey. I put a few pickle Spears in some ...
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How can I rehydrate a dried navel orange?

I have a lot of navel oranges which are slightly dry inside. Is there a way to rehydrate these? How?
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How do you freeze blueberries so that there are ice crystals inside?

I eat frozen blueberries straight out of the freezer multiple times a day, and sometimes I buy a bag and the blueberries inside are frozen perfectly so that the core of the blueberry has crunchy ice ...
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Why is my mango not ripening correctly?

I have always been good at being able to tell when a mango is ripe based on the firmness and smell. For the last several batches I have purchased, however, almost every one I cut open is simply not ...
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How to tell the difference between sugar crystals and mold in dried fruit?

I am making dried pears and I noticed that there are some white lumps on the surface of the fruit: This resource says that this phenomenon may occur in figs and that it is sugar crystallizing. ...
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what is the purpose of lemon/acid in fruit maceration for pie baking?

A lot of pie recipes will tell you to take out the liquid in juicy fruits, like apple and peaches, for pie baking. The purpose is to avoid a soggy crust with too much liquid. Some people even put ...
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Why does does vegan pulled pork specifically require jackfruit?

I'd really like to try a vegan pulled pork recipe, but all of those I've come across require jackfruit. This ingredient comes from the other side of the planet, so I'd like to avoid adding it to my ...
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Are those black spots on the inside of kaki safe to eat?

I bought some kaki / sharon / persimmon (Rojo Brillante, from Spain) and left them for about a week. Now that i cut them open they are full of black and brown patches What is this and is it safe to ...
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Jars didn't seal

I made a ton of jams and jellies about six weeks ago to sell at an upcoming open house. Normally I am very diligent in ensuring they have sealed within 24 hours of processing before I put them away. ...
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How edible/palatable are crabapples?

I have an outstanding recipe for Apple Bread. It does use a lot of sugar, seems best when paired with firm, crisp and tart apple varieties. Granny Smith is my go-to. Since it still is not lacking ...
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How to preserve vitamin of fruit juice when making fruit jelly?

To create a jelly, I always use hot water to dissolve synthesized-flavored gelatin. Today, I want to create a more exciting jelly. It uses real orange juice. I put a no-flavor gelatin sheet into a ...
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Onion smell getting on fruits

I use a recently-purchased bamboo large-and-heavy cutting board to cut/chop/dice/slice veggies and fruit. However, my routine is such that I typically dice a red onion at night, and a green apple for ...
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Is there any way to avoid fruit flies with my fruit on the counter rather than the fridge?

I enjoy keeping bowls of fruits out at room temperature in my kitchen. This has given me quite an annoying abundance of fruit flies in my apartment. I've brought my fruit in the fridge to avoid ...
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Upside-Down Lemon Squares?

I made a batch of lemon squares last night with my tried and true recipe that I have made multiple times. When it was done, I let it sit on the counter until completely cool and put it in the fridge. ...
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Can i substitute frozen berries when the cheesecake calls for fresh?

I would like to make the following cheesecake recipe. It uses fresh raspberries to add flavor. I only have access to frozen berries. I can defrost the frozen ones I have, but there's a lot more liquid ...
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Why/when would grapes (and other fruits) have better flavor/texture when served chilled? [closed]

I thought fruit would be more flavorful if served at room temperature. However, recently I had the opposite experience with a bunch of grapes. I'm wondering "why?" I bought a bunch of unrefrigerated, ...
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Please can someone help me identify this?

Please can someone help me find out what this is
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Correct term for marinating+degorging/macerating at the same time?

Sometimes it makes sense to marinate fruit or vegetables with water-extracting ingredients (sugar,salt,alcohol...) and flavorings (spices or extracts) at the same time, and later use fruit and liquid ...
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How do the nutritional values of bananas change as they ripen?

Unripe bananas are hard with thick skins and an unmistakeable raw flavour. As they ripen they shrink slightly, the skins become thinner, and the fruit becomes softer and sweeter; the raw flavour goes ...
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What is this fruit called?

Very soft inside, small seeds, tastes bit sweet
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Goldenberry Storage Conditions

I have a question about goldenberries (aka Cape Gooseberry, Physalis, ground cherry.) Is it better to keep goldenberry in the fridge or not and for how many days maximum? My berries rotted in 3 days ...
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What does North American mixed dried fruit contain?

I have a recipe for a fruit cake that uses 2lb of mixed fruit plus 11oz currants and 15oz raisins In the UK, mixed dried fruit is usually a mixture of sultanas, raisins, currants, and chopped candied ...