Dec
03
2011
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What are the different ways to prepare and eat an orange?

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<div style=An orange is not the easiest fruit to prepare and eat without making a mess, and many ways have been devised to go about it. Bite and peel Without a knife your options are limited. You need to remove the peel, and the easiest place to start is the stalk end. Bite off a little [more...]

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Oct
17
2010
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Why are netted fruit and vegetables sold in colored nets?

fruit-and-vegetablesFruit and vegetables are sometimes sold pre-bagged with fine plastic netting. The netting is usually colored, but how and why is the color chosen? Colored netting is used because it improves the appearance of the produce. For that reason, you’re likely to find yellow netting on lemons, orange netting on oranges, green netting on zucchinis [more...]

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Sep
01
2010
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Any recipes and suggestions for cooking sloes?

sloesIf your sloes are not all wanted for sloe gin, try making them into jellies, jams, or spiced conserves to go with savoury dishes. It’s more trouble than gin – you have to really cook, not just mix – but you’ll end up with attractive and flavourful jars of stuff you made yourself, and the [more...]

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Sep
01
2010
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What is a bullace and what recipes suit it?

bullacesA bullace is a wild plum that can be either dark blue-purple or light yellowy-green, sometimes flushed with red. Black bullace and white bullace are the traditional names for the two kinds. There are a few cultivated varieties too, which give rise to more names and varied colours. Damsons are similar to a dark bullace, [more...]

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Sep
01
2010
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What recipes are there for sloe liqueurs like sloe gin?

sloe gin and patxaranSloe gin is not just the easiest way of using wild sloes, it’s probably the most popular in the UK. Other sloe-flavoured liqueurs – patxarán or pacharán from northern Spain, Italian bargnolino and Schlehenfeuer from Germany – have interestingly different flavouring, even though the basic idea is much the same. Sloe gin Pick sloes after [more...]

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Jan
18
2010
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Were “oranges” once called “noranges”?

Photo by audreyjm529 - CC-BYA frequently-repeated etymology of the fruit that we call an “orange” goes like this: The fruit was not grown in England, and when the dock-hands unloaded the cargo ships they heard the fruit referred to by its Spanish name: naranja. From this it became known as “a norange”, but over time this became “an orange” [more...]

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Aug
13
2009
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How to make an easy phyllo strudel?

Easy phyllo apple strudel (photo by czh - CC-BY)When I was a little girl my mother made home made strudel. I remember what an undertaking it was to make the paper thing strudel dough. She would knead it until she was exhausted. As we got older, we got to help with the muscle power. All the kneading made the dough super elastic. Working [more...]

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Jul
03
2009
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How do you prepare and eat watermelon?

Summer DreamsSummer Dreams – Art Print – Mitchell, Steven – Buy at AllPosters.com Watermelon straight from the fridge is very refreshing in summer, but it can be fiddly to prepare and awkward to eat. Most of the complication is due to the many pips. There are basically two approaches. You can leave the pips (seeds) in [more...]

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Jun
07
2009
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Is a bilberry different from a blueberry, or a whortleberry, or a wimberry?

Bilberries - tiny - but a big choice of names (Photo by mwri - CC-BY)Bilberries grow wild in Europe. Blueberries look similar but bigger, and are native to North America. That’s the short answer, but the longer truth is that there are quite a few different varieties – all cousins related to one another. It’s usual to call dark blue members of the European branch of the family bilberries, [more...]

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May
26
2009
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What are the different kinds of kiwi fruit (golden kiwi, kiwi berry, etc)?

Photo by Roger Browne - CC-BYThe kiwifruit is native to China, and for many years was known in western countries as the Chinese Gooseberry because its shape resembles an oversized gooseberry and its taste is similarly acidic. The name “kiwi fruit” was coined as a marketing term in 1959 by Turners and Growers, wholesale fruit merchants of Auckland New Zealand. [more...]

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