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What Are Cotton Candy Grapes?
It's all in the name.
Published: April 2019
Yellow Watermelon vs. Red Watermelon
Is there a flavor difference between these two types of watermelon?
Published: June 2018
The Best Ways to Use Asian Pears
How do Asian pears compare to other common pear varieties?
Published: October 2017
Fruit Condiments
Can you tell a compote from a chutney? A jam from a preserve? It’s easy to get confused since grocery store labels are often inexact. Here’s the real deal when …
Published: April 2015
How to Keep Leftover Avocados Green
How to Keep Leftover Avocados Green
It's quite common to use half of an avocado and save the rest for later. Is it possible to keep the leftover half from turning brown?
Published: April 2014
Substituting Avocado for Butter in Cookies and Cakes
Some recipes suggest substituting mashed avocado for butter in cookies. Does it work?
Published: August 2013
Explaining Red and Baby Bananas
How do baby bananas and red bananas differ from regular bananas?
Published: June 2013
Ripening Fruit
Bananas ripen on the counter. Is that true of any unripe fruit or vegetable that you buy?
Published: April 2012
Lemon Oil 101
What exactly is lemon oil? The package instructions say to use it in place of lemon zest.
Published: October 2011
Dried Fruit
Almost any fruit can be dried (the process concentrates flavor and sugar), and these days, most of them are—from blueberries to cranberries to mangos. 
Published: October 2009
Plumping Dried Fruit
Use this simple technique to soften and plump dried fruit.
Published: October 2009
Substitute for Fresh Lemon Juice
If you don't have fresh lemons on hand, can any packaged products approximate the flavor of lemon juice and zest?
Published: December 2008
Tropical Fruit
The winter months bring a number of exotic fruits from tropical climates to supermarket shelves. Here are tasting notes for 12 of our favorites.
Published: February 2008
Fruit and Fire
Grilling caramelizes the sugars in fruits and gives them a complex, smoky flavor. But not all fruit belongs on the grill.
Published: April 2007
Slicing Citrus
When slicing oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits for salads, it's important to cut the sections free of the membranes, which are fibrous and bitter. H…
Published: December 2005
Alternative to Fresh Sour Cherries
Fresh sour cherries may be the best option for baking but they are available only for a few weeks during the summer. What’s the best option at other times of th…
Published: February 2005
What is a Persimmon?
A honey of a fruit. 
Published: September 2019