Fruit

Rhubarb Basics

Look for rhubarb stalks that are crisp and brightly colored. Tightly wrap in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Wash the stalks and remove the poisonous leaves before…

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Rhubarb Substitution

When rhubarb is out of season, substitute an equal amount of tart apples. —Patricia Axelsen, Aurora, Minnesota

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Ripening Kiwifruit

To ripen kiwifruit, place in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple and leave at room temperature. When they are ready to eat, kiwis should yield to slight pressure. Store ripe fruits in the…

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Soda Prevents Apples from Browning

To keep cut apple slices from turning brown, dip them into or sprinkle them with lemon-lime soda. —Melinda L., Raymond, Mississippi

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Star Fruit Facts

Carambola is nicknamed star fruit because when it's cut crosswise, the slices are shaped like stars. The more golden-colored the fruit is, the sweeter it will be. There's no need to peel the shiny…

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Storing Fresh Berries

Fresh berries should be stored covered in your refrigerator and washed just before using. Use them within 10 days of purchase.

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Sweet Melon

“If I cut up a cantaloupe or watermelon and it’s not as sweet as I’d like, I sprinkle a little artificial sweetener over it and let it sit an hour or so,” says Mary Ann S. from Duncan, Oklahoma.…

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Tangerine Tips

Unlike sweet oranges, tangerines are considered a loose-skinned orange because the skin easily comes off the fruit and the segments are easy to divide. Tangerines should feel heavy for their size…

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Using Frozen Berries

Thawed frozen berries will always be softer and juicier than fresh berries. Defrost the sealed bag of frozen berries in a large bowl of cold water for 10 to 15 minutes, then use them in recipes…

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Using Frozen Peaches for Fresh

The peak season for fresh peaches is June through September. However, you can always substitute frozen peaches (thawed and drained) or well-drained canned peaches in equal amounts for fresh…

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