Does Apricot Origin Matter?

Published March 1, 2014.

Can California and Mediterranean dried apricots be used interchangeably?

The Skinny on Skinny Avocados

Published January 1, 2014.

What are "skinny" avocados?

Sweet Solution to Brown Fruit

Published January 1, 2013.

We discovered a sweet way to keep cut apples and other fruits from browning. 

Doing the Cocktail Twist

Published January 1, 2013.

Do the different ways of using citrus peel to garnish cocktails produce different tastes?

Prepping Apples in Advance for Baking

Published November 1, 2012.

Will it affect the quality of the filling if you cut the apples the day before assembling apple desserts?

The Difference Between Green and Orange Papaya

Published May 1, 2012.

Is the crunchy fruit used to make Thai green papaya salad a different fruit from the soft orange papaya you find at the supermarket?

Freezing Avocados

Published March 1, 2012.

Can you freeze avocados without compromising their texture or flavor?

How to Spiral Cut a Pineapple

Published March 1, 2012.

This method for cutting a pineapple is both attractive and efficient.

Mango Varieties

Published March 1, 2012.

There are often two different kinds of mangos in the produce aisle: one that’s big, round, and reddish green and another that’s small, golden, and kidney-shaped. Do they taste the same?

Coconut-Milk Whipped Cream

Published January 1, 2012.

Is it possible to create dairy-free whipped "cream" using the thick layer of coconut fat from the top of a can of regular coconut milk?

Keeping Zested Lemons Juicy

Published September 1, 2011.

Zested lemons often become dry, shriveled, and hard before anyone gets a chance to juice them. What’s the best way to store lemons once their zest has been removed?

Storing Grapes

Published July 1, 2011.

Does rinsing grapes before storing them cause them to spoil more quickly?

Making Bananas Last

Published May 1, 2011.

Is there any way to slow the ripening of bananas?

Getting the Best Zest

Published March 1, 2011.

Jazz Apples

Published September 1, 2010.

They might be the first fruit to "go viral," but do jazz apples live up to the hype?

The Dissipating Aroma of Banana Bread

Published September 1, 2010.

Why does my banana bread smell so fragrant and banana-y right out of the oven but lose most of its aroma as it cools? Does it mean that the cool bread will have less flavor than the warm, fragrant bread?

The Best Way to Ripen Bananas

Published July 1, 2010.

Strategies for speeding ripening in bananas abound, but as we worked our way through over eight cases of fruit while developing our Ultimate Banana Bread, we found most of them ineffective.

Storing Lemon Zest

Published May 1, 2010.

What is the best way to store lemon zest for future use?

Preserving Lemons

Published March 1, 2010.

Lemons often become hard and dry before they get used. What are some tricks to preserve their juiciness?

Ridding Grapes of Residue

Published January 1, 2010.

What is the white residue that is often on grapes and why doesn't washing the fruit get rid of it?

Ripening Avocados

Published May 1, 2009.

Apple Cider versus Apple Juice

Published May 1, 2009.

What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? Can you use them interchangeably?

Pitted versus Unpitted Olives

Published March 1, 2009.

Are there any differences in flavor or texture among pitted and unpitted olives?

Fresh Lemon Substitutes

Published December 1, 2008.

We found two emergency substitutions.

Key Limes vs. Persian Limes

Published July 1, 2006.

What’s the difference in flavor between Key limes and Persian limes?

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