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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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Rotten apple taste in not spoiled fruits

I had several apples stored in a plastic container for several days. Two apples spoiled and had to be thrown away, the rest still looks fresh and firm. I rinsed the remaining apples under cold water, ...
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Will melted chocolate stick to cupcake papers?

I plan to use mini cupcake papers in a mini cupcake pan. Then I will add fruit and/ or nuts. Then, pour melted chocolate to fill the paper. My question, once set in the fridge, will the paper stick to ...
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How to prevent these brown spots in an apple? [duplicate]

I was cutting up an apple for a salad, and after removing the peel I encountered loads of brown spots. There weren't any notable damages on the peel, nor any soft spots when feeling the apple when I ...
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Do you wash before consuming already cut parts of fruits?

There are some super markets and stores that sell the fruits already cut. E.g. containers with pomegranate seeds. In such cases, do you usually wash them before consumption?
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Safe to wash fruits and vegetables with natural, toxin-free soap?

Washing produce with conventional soap is harmful, I agree! But what about fragrance-free, dye-free, preservative-free, hypo-allergic, non-toxic, eco-friendly, bio-degradable, ALL natural (even ...
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How to freeze fresh ingredients without them freezing together

I am looking to freeze some cooking apple slices, but this question applies more broadly to any fresh ingredient with a non-trivial water content. Just dumping them in a freezer bag/container and ...
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How can you deal with bitter taste from grapefruit peels without sugar?

I've been working with grapefruit a lot recently, and really enjoy it. I'm trying to make use of the entire fruit, with candied peel and juice, to get every bit of goodness out of this amazing fruit. ...
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Are there tables of wastage rates for different fruit and veg?

In recent months I have been paying particular attention to food costs. As part of that I have looked at the price of different fruit. It is easy to calculate the price per Kg of unprepared fruit, ...
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Food safety of spontaneusly fermented mango

I had a very big mango on kitchen table for few days and at the stem it got a bit brown, a bit less than half was completely normal, but the inbetween was very soft and had strong alcohol taste and ...
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What fruits/veggies/other to keep at "partial freezing" (−3°C/27°F)?

My fridge has a "partial freezing" compartment where the temperature is kept at around −3°C (27°F). It is promoted as a feature for storing meat and fish, but... I don't eat any animal ...
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How can you tell if a mangosteen fruit is ready to eat?

I was able to get my hands on mangosteen, a dark purple fruit that is grown in Southeast Asia that is hard to find in the United States. It's got a hard shell on the outside that feels like a very ...
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Can I freeze quince fruits before making jelly?

I have recently unexpectedly acquired a decent harvest of quinces. I would like to make these into jelly, but don't have time right now. Can I freeze the quinces for a few months and then use them to ...
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I accidentally sprayed bleach on some apples. Is this dangerous?

When I was bleaching towels, I accidentally sprayed some on apples nearby. The next day, to be safe, I washed these apples for about 15 seconds. Are these apples safe to eat Could someone get sick? ...
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What are "processed dates", are they ready to eat or just easy to wash?

I got a package of dates, an oval long one, with an interesting-looking spoon/stick inside of the package along with dates. It is not stated on the package if they are ready to eat or not, but they ...
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What temperature should fruit pies be cooked to?

What's a good target internal temperature for fruit pies, for the fruit to be cooked? Most recommendations seem to be to have the filling bubbling, plus 5 minutes, but is there a more precise way to ...
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Mixing pineapple with Curd/Milk

Today I made Pineapple smoothie with milk. It was tasty. But I kept it in fridge cause I wanted the drink to be even cooler. I forgot that pineapple will curdle the milk and turned the smoothie bitter....
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What is the proper way to make a fruit purée?

When making a fruit purée, specifically raspberry, to be used as a filling or a layer for cakes or chocolates, what is the proper way to do this? Should the berries be cooked? Should the cooking ...
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Fruit that has been mistaken as olive fruit?

What fruit is this? I can't find it online. Can someone please help me identify it?
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Can frozen mango spoil?

When I opened my package of frozen mango pieces for my cake, I saw that the mango pieces were absolutely covered in sheets of ice across both sides of the package, and the mango themselves looked ...
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Will frozen mangos work as a substitute for apples?

So, I have an old box of Koopman Oud-Hollandse Appelkaneel cake mix, which lists on its ingredients "Raising Agents 450 and 500", and looking online, it appears that Raising Agent 500 is ...
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Can one tell from the outside whether a papaya has seeds?

Some papayas have no or virtually no seeds: Sometimes it has many seeds Can one tell from the outside whether a papaya has seeds?
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Which parts of a quince have that awful onion-like flavour and aftertaste?

Every single quince I ever try to eat, without a fault, has parts on it that have an awful onion-like flavour and leave a disagreeable oniony aftertaste. Most of the fruit is completely free of that ...
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What kind of pickle was this?

A while ago, I ate a charcuterie board that had, among other things, a strange pickled vegetable that I had never seen before and have not heard of since. I say vegetable but it was probably a fruit. ...
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What is the point of washing produce in cold water?

You can find tons of tips online saying you should always wash your produce. What is the point of it though? I mean with some hard produce, say carrots you can obviously give them a good scrub with a ...
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What are the most yeasty fruits sold in supermarkets suitable for providing yeast for making bread?

Various fresh fruits, such as grapes, apricots, and dates, can be used to provide the yeast that is needed in breadmaking. But often in commercial production fruits are sprayed with pesticides, and ...
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Sparkling strawberries in glass

I made several glasses of whole strawberries in syrup. Normally I do this: sterilize the glass and the screw cap with boiling water carefully wash and sort strawberries make a syrup 300g of sugar to ...
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When a recipe calls or 1/2 cup of raisins, should the raisins be packed or not packed?

You can get more raisins into a 1/2 cup if you pack them tightly. So, when a recipe calls for 1/2 cup of raisins, should I loosely pour them into the cup measurer, or pack them tight?
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My mom uses dish washing detergent to wash her tomatoes and I'm freaked out it'll seep in to the tomatoes

Is washing tomatoes, apples, oranges etc. with dish washing detergent normal? She's literally unmovable no matter how I tell her she still keeps doing it. I am freaked out.
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Black spots while ripening store brought mangoes by paper [duplicate]

I live in Delhi where most retail mangoes are ripened using carbide. Therefore, certain stores sell unripe mangoes which are supposed to be ripened before eating. One method that is popular is ...
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Why did Honey Kiss Melon from the U.S. sting my mouth?

On June 1, I bought three Sugar Kiss melons in the USA. When I got home, I washed them under tap water and used EcoMax Hypoallergenic Fruit & Veggie Wash, to try to wash away any COVID19 viruses ...
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How can I tell whether a jackfruit has yellow or orange flesh by looking at the exterior of the jackfruit (i.e., without opening it)?

I prefer jackfruit with orange flesh over jackfruit with yellow flesh. How can I tell whether a jackfruit has yellow or orange flesh by looking at the exterior of the jackfruit (i.e., without opening ...
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How can I assess how sweet the water of a young coconut in husk will be before buying/opening the coconut?

How can I assess how sweet the water of a young coconut in husk will be before buying/opening the coconut? Example of a young coconut in husk:
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Adding fresh fruit to a non fruited banana bread

I have a banana bread recipe that I love. I want to add other fresh fruit and nuts or chocolate to it. Do I need to adjust the other ingredients to take into account these additions?
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Orange juice preservation by chemical presevatives

How much Sodium Benzoate should I add to preserve 200ml of Orange juice?
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Pulled Pork Jackfruit

When cooking jackfruit for “pulled pork” from canned young green jackfruit, do you cut off the core from the rest of it or just braise it till tender?
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Why didn't guava ripen after being stored in the fridge?

I'm fairly new to guava, and was thinking it was strange that the color of the guava didn't change after leaving them out for a week so I could eat the other pack. The guava turned brown on the ...
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I found a tamarind that was mostly powder, how do I avoid buying these?

As someone new to tamarind I'm learning new things about the fruit, and discovered something off in one (it was hallow with some black powder inside). Why did this happen, and how can I avoid ...
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What are these brown lines in my apple?

Any ideas on what’s going on in this apple? I cut into this apple and it had these small brown streaks. The apple itself was firm and looked good on the outside with no obvious spots or bruises. I ...
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Benefits or effects of salt on fruit fruit cleanliness with regards to wax, pests, pesticides, insecticides, etc?

There's a language barrier here for context. I have heard from a family relative that they think using salt in the preparation of some fruits to be beneficial from a cleanliness perspective, which ...
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Can you freeze whole pomegranates to save them?

I recently purchased a whole case of pomegranates, and it's getting hard to stand after doing 10 in a day, so can I safely freeze them whole to preserve the quality of the fruit?
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Why does the pineapple always ripen/soften from the base?

As per the consensus under this post, lacking ethylene the pineapple softens but not ripens after picking. But it seems even before or right after picking the pineapple is ripe only at the bottom. ...
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What could it be the white fatty substance I found in raisins?

Hi, as you can see in the pictures, strange white, fatty substance collects in raisins irregularities. May it be something natural origin or could it be that producer dumped these in palm oil to make ...
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How to store fresh figs

How do I store fresh figs so that they stay good as long as possible? I frequently experience that they get moldy within a few days after purchase, even when storing them in the refrigerator. I ...
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Avocado hard and grey inside

I had a batch of avocados from the supermarket, as I normally do. I often have 3-5 days before they're past the point of being edible. This batch was not more that 2 days old, and three out of five ...
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How to de-seed a watermelon?

It’s summer and watermelon time. I know how to pick a good one (pro tip: a good greengrocer who has preselected the best batch on wholesale market). Then I cut myself a nice fat slice - and the ...
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How long can fruit macerate in the fridge?

I have begun to macerate pitted cherries in sugar and lemon juice. Due to some issues, I've had to leave them macerating for 2 days before I cook & can them for jam. Will the macerated fruit be ...
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How to add fruit puree into yogurt without making it too liquid?

What is the best way to flavor our yogurt with fruit puree without making it too liquid? I desire its consistency would be like the store bought one. Another question: can we preserve yogurt that has ...
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How can I clean utensils (e.g., knives) used to cut longkongs?

After using utensils to prepare/eat longkongs, the utensils are very sticky (by far stickier than for any other types of fruit that I have tried so far). I tried to use soap and dishwashing liquid, as ...
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How to extract flavour from fruit without heating it or using alcohol?

I am curious to know, how fruit syrups and flavours are made commercially and how we can extract the maximum, true flavour of a juicy fruit (such as oranges or apples) as well as denser and less juicy ...
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When to wash fruits and vegetables?

I was always told to wash fruit and vegetables right before eating or cooking them, and not earlier. This is supposedly intended to "keep them fresh" or "keep them safe from bacteria" (depends on the ...
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