Skip to main content
54 votes

Does the fruit label get put on a bad spot, or does the bad spot develop as a result of the label?

A few years ago I had the rare chance to take a look behind the scenes of the largest manufacturer of fruit sorting, labeling and packaging equipment in the Pacific Northwest and it was impressive to ...
Stephie's user avatar
  • 60.1k
51 votes
Accepted

What kind of pickle was this?

It sounds like you may be describing a caper berry. Most folks are familiar with capers, which are the pickled or salted flower bud from the caper plant. However, if the buds are left to mature into ...
AMtwo's user avatar
  • 9,017
46 votes
Accepted

What is the point of washing produce in cold water?

For the most part, rinsing produce in cold water is for the purpose of removing pesticides and soil that may contain bacteria. You're not washing off bacterial colonies - whole peel-on vegetables and ...
Joe M's user avatar
  • 5,673
44 votes

What's (really) the difference between fruit and vegetables?

There is no real black and white definition of that difference, because where the line is drawn varies from crowd to crowd. Botanically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops ...
Richard ten Brink's user avatar
43 votes
Accepted

Why are certain fruit & veg bought in UK supermarkets tasteless?

Non-native and out of season fruits and vegetables that are available in northern countries (e.g. UK, Canada) need to be shipped from far away and will be picked before they are naturally ripe (under ...
Max's user avatar
  • 20.4k
37 votes

Why are certain fruit & veg bought in UK supermarkets tasteless?

In addition to Max's answer, much UK supermarket fruits and vegetables are from varieties grown to have tough skins (so they don't damage in transit), have a long shelf life (so they can be ...
abligh's user avatar
  • 1,015
30 votes
Accepted

What was this pickled vegetable which I was served at a middle eastern restaurant?

I suspect that these will be pickled almonds. Almonds are a favorite ingredient in many middle-Eastern dishes. The green color and fuzz give it away, most other fruits like apricots and plums lack ...
bob1's user avatar
  • 15.6k
29 votes
Accepted

How does one alter a recipe that calls for one fruit with another fruit of differing water content?

There's no trick, there's math. 100g of banana is about 75g of water (1g of water is 1ml, so easy to measure), 12g of sugar, and 13g of fiber and other stuff. A pumpkin is about 92g of water and 3 ...
GdD's user avatar
  • 76.7k
23 votes
Accepted

Can salted butter be used to make lemon curd?

Often, at least in the US, recipes will specifically call for unsalted butter, then call for salt to be added to the recipe — which causes many to scratch their heads. There are three main uses that ...
dlb's user avatar
  • 8,641
22 votes
Accepted

Are there tables of wastage rates for different fruit and veg?

The USDA has a handbook of yield ratios for various raw ingredients. Note that some goods have a high variance in yield, from the foods themselves as well as how you prepare them; your own kitchen ...
Sneftel's user avatar
  • 29.5k
19 votes
Accepted

Mixing pineapple with Curd/Milk

Pineapple contains bromelain, which is a powerful enzyme that breaks down most animal proteins. As such fresh pineapple will always curdle milk. The bitter flavor is a side-effect of this curdling. ...
FuzzyChef's user avatar
  • 65.3k
19 votes
Accepted

Why doesn't Japanese pineapple hurt my mouth, unlike what I eat in the US?

Today I learned about 15 different varieties of edible pineapple, so you definitely ate a different variety in Japan than you're used back home. There are two components in pineapples that will cause ...
Luciano's user avatar
  • 5,296
17 votes
Accepted

How can I examine fruits or vegetables in a market, while minimizing mechanical damage?

The first step is to only pick up items you're likely to buy. Then you should only have to put down items that have an actual problem already. For some things you want to check for ripeness, but ...
Chris H's user avatar
  • 44.7k
16 votes

What's (really) the difference between fruit and vegetables?

All of your observations are correct - both the distinguishing factors and the fact that there are foods whose belonging to a category is unclear. The reason behind this has nothing to do with ...
rumtscho's user avatar
  • 139k
14 votes

What's (really) the difference between fruit and vegetables?

The wikipedia article distinguishes between botanical fruits and culinary fruits. (Interestingly, both German ("Obst" vs. "Frucht") and Spanish ("Fruta" vs. "Fruto") have distinct terms for these.) ...
Martin's user avatar
  • 584
12 votes

What was this pickled vegetable which I was served at a middle eastern restaurant?

It's probably green almonds like bob1 suggested. We eat them raw as a fruit or they can be pickled. They are called Oja in the Syrian region عوجا.
tariq abughofa's user avatar
12 votes

Can salted butter be used to make lemon curd?

Using salted butter would result in a perceivably salty curd - probably not what you want when expecting a sweet lemon curd. The general rule of thumb is to use unsalted butter for sweet dishes and ...
Stephie's user avatar
  • 60.1k
12 votes

Can salted butter be used to make lemon curd?

I disagree with Stephie's answer above. I find using salted butter does not give a perceptively salty taste but instead helps to bring out the lemon flavour. A pinch of salt or salted butter is ...
Mark Wildon's user avatar
  • 2,386
11 votes

Why are certain fruit & veg bought in UK supermarkets tasteless?

You have fallen to false believe that fruits from Spain are grown on the fields. Where they are planted in soil by Jose and they go through full vegetation cycle under the Spanish sky. In fact, ...
SZCZERZO KŁY's user avatar
11 votes

What's (really) the difference between fruit and vegetables?

There's a bit of confusion here because there are two senses of the word "fruit": the botanical sense with a more precise definition (plant parts with seeds), and the common everyday culinary usage ...
Cascabel's user avatar
  • 58.3k
11 votes
Accepted

How can I make raisins really hard & chewy?

I think you just need to dehydrate them some more to get that effect. I assume granola and muesli tend to use drier raisins because they will keep longer, and not affect the rest of the cereal with ...
Megha's user avatar
  • 11.8k
11 votes
Accepted

Can I simply soak fruit and vegetables in water for several hours to sanitize them?

Washing fruit and vegetables in water is less an exercise in sterilisation and more a case of simply washing off any mud or debris. Soaking in still water does nothing to clean, well, anything really. ...
ElendilTheTall's user avatar
11 votes

Does the fruit label get put on a bad spot, or does the bad spot develop as a result of the label?

I've often wondered the same thing. Here's a video of stickers being applied to fruit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62nJzuKjUBc Since it's done mechanically, there's no way to intentionally cover ...
Timothy Smith's user avatar
10 votes

What's this yellow plum-like fruit with a spiky stone? West Africa

I am from Sierra Leone and this is called Chook-Chook Plum. Thorns & prickly things are termed chook-chook in Krio, hence the name. However, June Plum is what you will find on the internet.
Brenda Briggs-Baio's user avatar
10 votes
Accepted

What are berry grains?

The term rouhe in Finnish means "something coarsely ground" [1], [2]. (Google translates it as "groats", but that's a bit too simple.) Double-checking with the English, German and Italian version of ...
Stephie's user avatar
  • 60.1k
10 votes

What is the point of washing produce in cold water?

It's worth noting that from a food safety perspective, washing is not about eliminating all harmful bacteria and viruses, but reducing their amount to the extent possible (in addition to removal of ...
Mr. T's user avatar
  • 213
10 votes

Are there tables of wastage rates for different fruit and veg?

Wastage rates for industrially-processed food are unlikely to be the same as for a home cook. For example different methods of removing stones from stone fruit, cores from apples, etc. will be used ...
Chris H's user avatar
  • 44.7k
10 votes
Accepted

How can you deal with bitter taste from grapefruit peels without sugar?

The rind of citrus is frequently blanched several times in boiling water to REMOVE bitterness, before candying the peel. So, it is not surprising that you find the water bitter. That water is ...
moscafj's user avatar
  • 76.1k
9 votes
Accepted

How to de-seed a watermelon?

There are several hits on google, and many videos illustrating how to de-seed a watermelon. Most have you cut the watermelon length-wise to expose the rows of seeds, which are generally in a circle ...
moscafj's user avatar
  • 76.1k
9 votes

What are these brown lines in my apple?

From Ask An Expert: These symptoms are characteristic of a physiological disorder called bitter pit, which is the result of a calcium deficiency. This may be the result of inadequate calcium in the ...
Anastasia Zendaya's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible