I want to use more fruit and make it easier to process. I have composted a couple hundred pounds of fruit this summer. I hate the waste. We have a pear tree from which a certain squirrel eats half of each unripe fruit and throws the rest on the ground. Later in the season the fruit from the upper branches (30-40 feet) falls, impaling itself on twigs, or smashing on the ground, pulping a quarter of the fruit into the dirt. Some fruits have worms or slug damage after sitting on the ground. I pick what I can reach with a picker and if I am present when a ripe, un-bitten fruit falls and smashes, I eat that. But is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech
on Oct 9, 2013 -
Office full of "Why no, I didn't see any baby carrots in there *crunch crunch gulp*" fridge thieves. I can lock food at my desk, but I want FRESH fruit and veg, not just peanuts and raisins! [more inside]
posted by tzikeh
on Sep 6, 2013 -
Do you know of any stories or poems for young children (ages 3-10) that are about orchard fruits--or at least feature fruit or fruit trees prominently?
posted by shibori
on Jul 10, 2013 -
Dates are pretty tasty, but I only see US-grown Medjool dates at the store. Wikipedia claims there are many more varieties. Where can I find other kinds of dates in or near San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by ryanrs
on Jul 2, 2013 -
I have a large bathroom/shower room. It is a Japanese bathroom where the whole room gets wet and has a drain in the middle. I am looking for edible plants that like that type of wet/humid/warm environment. The room has a large northerly facing window but does not get any direct light. Maybe some kind of tropical fruit?
posted by Infernarl
on Jun 26, 2013 -
Why did eating a bunch of dried Apricots cause me to have the worst gas pains of my life? [more inside]
posted by bearette
on Jun 3, 2013 -
We recently bought a house with neglected apple trees and I would like to learn how to care for them. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot
on May 6, 2013 -
I have a large container in my back yard that I want to use for a dwarf tree. The container is at least 3 by 3 feet and gets full sun. It's very important that the tree stay short - four feet is best, five feet would be ok. I want to get tasty fruit from it. I want it to stay healthy and require minimal maintenance. Please give me species recommendations and tips. [more inside]
posted by bq
on Mar 31, 2013 -
In The Fruit Hunters by Adam Gollner, he mentions "Bologna's Garden of Lost Fruit" as a fruit-focused tourist destination (p. 35). Googling for this name only brings up a Google Books snippet of the book, and trying to translate it to Italian doesn't seem to give anything useful either. What is this place called in Italian, and where can I find it?
posted by Yiggs
on Mar 30, 2013 -
You like to juice! Say you were to purchase a box of seasonal produce to juice for the week, what proportion of greens/fruit/veggies would you want this box to contain? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered
on Feb 18, 2013 -
I'm going to help my brother install a raised bed and some fruit trees/bushes in a couple of weeks. We're probably going to be putting in some raspberries/blackberries, blueberries, and maybe a few fruit trees. I do not want to purchase diseased/generic junk at a big box. Is there a decent garden center in the West Newton area? Bonus points for tipping me off to somebody who can deliver a yard or three of garden soil/compost. Many thanks!
posted by Camofrog
on Feb 14, 2013 -
What is this seed/fruit/nut
, found at low elevation in northern California? The two pieces on the left are halves; they came out of the rind pieces at the top right. The smaller thing at lower right is a whole one, without rind. They are very firm, like an apple or more so, and the inside has no strong taste or smell.
posted by bricoleur
on Nov 24, 2012 -
Whenever I make candied orange (or other citrus) peel, it always takes longer than recipe-writers seem to expect for the peel to become translucent, and some never becomes translucent at all. (a) What gives? (b) Is the not-translucent peel cool to store and eat? [more inside]
posted by kenko
on Nov 17, 2012 -
I preserved a lot of cumquats in liquor. The liquor is nice, but the cumquats themselves too are sour and bitter to eat. Is there a recipe I could use them in? I'm thinking something like a fruitcake, but I don't know how to incorporate them.
posted by Joe in Australia
on Aug 29, 2012 -
What is this fruit-bearing bush in the yard of my new house, and can I eat the fruit on it (when it ripens)? [more inside]
posted by torisaur
on Jul 31, 2012 -
YuccaFilter: I have an Adam's Needle in my front yard (yucca filamentosa
, I believe) which has flowered, and is now bearing fruit! My question: what to do with these little green gourds? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault
on Jul 9, 2012 -
What are these
fruit, seen outside a 24 hour shop in North London? Are they (please god, let it be) tomatillos?
posted by ominous_paws
on Jun 20, 2012 -
Can I become allergic to (almost) all fruits over night? If so, what can I eat/drink as substitutes? [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius
on Jun 18, 2012 -
This year I'm trying container gardening for the first time. I've planted some indoors stuff (peppers, physalis, chervil) and am waiting for the shoots to come up. Tomato seeds are on the way (hopefully).
I live in Amsterdam (think NYC climate) in an apartment, and I've got a teensie tiny (30cm by 2m / 1' by 7') french balcony facing southeast that I'm going to try to make the most of. At the back (southwest), I've got much more space (about 3m2/27 sq ft), but due to the surrounding buildings it's almost always shadowy and drafty there. I'd really like to make use of this space though, seems like a waste not to. Any ideas what plants I could try growing there?
(Please don't say salad. I hate salad.)
posted by Skyanth
on Apr 12, 2012 -
I need recommendations for small trees, or bushes or shrubs or something, that absolutely won't grow taller than two metres high, can handle dry conditions (Australian summers) and temperatures between -5 and +40 Celsius. Ideally they should either have pretty flowers or produce something edible (but not citrus, I have enough of those already). Needs to be available in Canberra. [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Apr 5, 2012 -
Maryland: Help me find a nice year-round co-op or CSA in the Baltimore Metro Area? [more inside]
posted by kensch
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Got a norwalk juicer. Not here yet but tell me your favorite things to make with it, juices and otherwise. [more inside]
posted by no bueno
on Mar 20, 2012 -
What fruit is this
? Bought it at a produce market in Taipei a few days ago and I was told to wait five days before eating it.
posted by zxcv
on Mar 5, 2012 -
What are these bugs living around my plant, how do I get rid of them, and will they hurt my cats? Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by kthxbi
on Feb 6, 2012 -
. I just discovered guava at a neighborhood market. I love the pine-y taste of the skin and the not-too-sweet inside.
But tell me:
1. How do I pick a good guava
? They're this kind
2. Are there related fruit
with a bitter, medicinal, pine, or juniper-like taste?
posted by fake
on Jan 15, 2012 -
I recently spent five weeks in Peru. While there, I discovered I love passionfruit. (That is, maracuyá
, not grenadilla
.) Now I have returned to Oregon, and I miss the stuff. Does anyone out there in Mefi land know where I can buy maracuyá (or any other variety of passionfruit) in Portland?
posted by jdroth
on Dec 3, 2011 -
I get a box of fruit & veggies delivered to my house every two weeks. Let me tell you something. IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. However, I rarely finish all of the apples and pears and bananas. I stuff them into the freezer when I don't eat them, but... my freezer is overflowing with frozen apples and bananas, and I think a few pears. What can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek
on Oct 10, 2011 -
Plant Identification Filter: What is this New England tree with cherry-like fruit? [more inside]
posted by rebekah
on Sep 28, 2011 -
Does anyone know a specific place in Manhattan I could find mangosteens today or tomorrow (or if they're even in season / available)? [more inside]
posted by Mchelly
on Sep 27, 2011 -
A couple of years ago I was working at an archeological dig in Aphrodisias, Turkey. At every meal we had the most fantastic tomatoes--plates of them sliced, bowls of them whole or in salads. They were the best-tasting tomatoes I've ever eaten on any continent--medium-sized, round, red-with-a-bit-of-orange. I should have smuggled home some seeds but didn't think of it. I've lost touch with the folks I worked with, so I can't ask someone there to mail me a batch, and that's probably illegal anyway. Can you suggest where I might learn this tomato variety's name, or get seed? Thanks very very much.
posted by fivesavagepalms
on Jul 29, 2011 -