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Tell me about these berries!

What are they? Can I eat them (I didn't, they don't look very eaty)? I found them on the sunshine coast in BC and proceeded to fail at google.
posted by rideunicorns on Sep 2, 2014 - 3 answers

PieFilter: Double-crust optimization for fruit pies

I've just baked my first two fruit pies from scratch, and have a few questions about the process, namely about prebaking and getting a good top crust. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Aug 10, 2014 - 22 answers

How to warp fruit?

I am looking for tried-and-tested methods for shaping fruit on the branch. What have you tried that has worked? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Aug 4, 2014 - 4 answers

What are these apple-like fruits?

Walking down the street, I saw some hard green fruits that looked a lot like apples---hot damn, thought I, underripe apples (or crabapples), just the thing for jelly. But now I'm not so sure that's what they are. [more inside]
posted by kenko on Jul 14, 2014 - 11 answers

How does my garden grow?

Getting a very belated start on planting my garden. Raised beds, zone 8, vegetables. What seeds can I plant this late, and what kinds of starts should I get? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Festive banana toppers?

Do you remember bunches of bananas being sold in the store with colored cellophane wrapped around the stems, 20+ years ago? I certainly do, but I can't find any proof on the Internet of it being a thing. Imagine a 4 inch square of cellophane, placed over the stem, then wrapped with a rubber band. [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Mar 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Nuts and dried fruit mixed?

Can nuts and dried fruit be mixed in a container with no decrease in quality or shelf life? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Mar 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Giving the gift of mail-order fruit.

I want to ship some fruit as a gift to a friend (within the US). I know that apples and pears from Harry and David are tasty, but I'm interested in other options. [more inside]
posted by cushie on Mar 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Decadent veggies: what is your best recipe?

The boyfriend and I will be attending a holiday dinner with his brother, who professes to hate all plant-based food except grains, rice, and potatoes. He has thrown down the gauntlet and asked us all to produce a vegetable based dish that he will actually enjoy. Please save us from defeat by sharing your most delicious vegetable and fruit-based dishes. Main meals, side dishes, appetizers, and desserts all welcome, and the dish can include other food groups, as long as the fruit or vegetable is prominent.
posted by rpfields on Dec 21, 2013 - 47 answers

Eating damaged fruit

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 - 13 answers

Making a fruit infused gin - what brand should I buy?

My CSA has damsom plums in it this week and I decided to make damsom plum infused gin. Damsom Gin [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Sep 17, 2013 - 13 answers

What you gon' do with all that pulp? All that pulp inside your trunk?

What recipes do you have for the leftover pulp from a juicer? [more inside]
posted by karathrace on Sep 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Fruits & veggies you a) can eat raw, and b) don't have to refrigerate

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 - 45 answers

Cheap eating in my future? What kind of apple trees do I have?

What sort of apple trees do I have in my backyard? I'm in Northern California. Photos: Apple: one two, Tree: one two
posted by porn in the woods on Aug 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Will it cause my body problems to stop drinking fruit juices?

Is it healthier to drink fruit juices or to avoid them? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Aug 13, 2013 - 26 answers

Fruit-centric poems and stories for children

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 - 23 answers

Seeking a variety of dates

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 - 11 answers

Edible plants to grow in the shower?

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 - 15 answers

Dried Apriocots = Gas Pains from Hell?

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 - 21 answers

Apple tree rehab

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 - 10 answers

Choosing a dwarf fruit tree for a garden

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 - 19 answers

Garden of Lost Fruit?

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 - 4 answers

What ideally would a "juicing" produce box contain?

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 - 6 answers

Decent garden center south of Pittsburgh?

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 - 3 answers

Japanese fruit identification

What is this Japanese fruit: four brown seeds inside tennis ball size fruit? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Dec 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Will pomegranate seeds hurt my young daughter?

Are pomegranate seeds safe for my 8 year old daughter to eat? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 12, 2012 - 12 answers

What is it?

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 - 5 answers

Why isn't my candied orange peel turning translucent consistently, dammit?

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 - 13 answers

Recipe incorporating preserved cumquats?

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 - 10 answers

Brooklyn fruits?

What fruit tree is blooming behind my apartment in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Aug 12, 2012 - 20 answers

How to clean a book, soiled with fruit flesh (peach)?

How can I clean this soiled book? The mess was caused by a ripe peach being mushed against the book. [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on Aug 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Strange Fruit

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 - 10 answers

Homemade fruit rum safe to drink after 1.5 years?

Homemade fruit rum safe to drink after 1.5 years? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Jul 14, 2012 - 8 answers

What recipe is my mom trying to make?

Mountains of sugar and fruit in glass jars in the pantry: What the heck is my mother making? [more inside]
posted by french films about trains on Jul 12, 2012 - 26 answers

Adam's Needle bearing fruit: what now?

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 - 3 answers

Internet Fruit Detective Squad, Assemble

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 - 9 answers

The Forbidden Fruit

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 - 24 answers

What, if anything, can you tell me about these strawberries?

Can you tell whether these strawberries are organic? Also, are they stolen? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on May 11, 2012 - 23 answers

Fruits and veggies for a cold, shadowy place

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 - 15 answers

Need short Australia-friendly tree that will earn its keep

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 - 9 answers

What is this weird pod thing?

What is this weird fruit thing growing in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Mar 27, 2012 - 19 answers

Healthy Food for 365 Days

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 - 7 answers

What to shred, grind, smash and such

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 - 8 answers

Mystery Fruit

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 - 13 answers

Kill my bugs.

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 - 8 answers

Can I live on fruit smoothies?

I've begun a sort of juice fast / cleanse... How long can I subside on this? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Jan 30, 2012 - 20 answers

Farmers' Marketing

I'm looking for a primer on the business-side of the small-scale produce production. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Jan 30, 2012 - 3 answers

How do you pick a good guava fruit?

Guava. 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 - 18 answers

Mystery trees, grant me some knowledge

Can you help me identify these potted fruit plants/trees to be? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jan 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Passionfruit in Portland?

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 - 7 answers

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