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Why Our Favorite Bananas Might Soon Be Wiped Out Of Existence

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Everyone’s favorite banana may soon be extinct. The Smithsonian reports that the Cavendish, the most popular pieces of banana in the United States, has been hit with a devastating fungus in countries that produce them.

Called the Fusarium wilt, the fungus has already struck both Africa and Asia. It has since also hit the banana-growing regions of Australia, reports Bloomberg Business. Before the Cavendish rose to popularity, everyone enjoyed eating its predecessor the Gros Michel. However, the same fugal pathogen wiped the species out in the 1950s.

Once infected, the banana leaves start to yellow and continue to brown until the fruit eventually dries. Researchers are scrambling to find a cure for the fungus, but might already be too late to save the popular species of fruit. The fungus is said to hit the US in about 5 to 10 years.

The new strain of Fusarium can be easily transmitted and acts quickly. While it has yet to hit the US, sources say it’s only a matter of time. Chances are, however, that the Cavendish species will be extinct like the former Gros Michel. Though it’s likely a stronger species of banana will eventually replace it.

 

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This Girl HATES Pineapples On Pizzas With A Passion

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Whenever we order pizzas in the office, a small number of staff request pineapples and ham. They’re quickly met with a barrage of insults and taunts for even suggesting such a thing.

Found on Reddit, user lollerkeet posted an image of a girl from a high school yearbook. Next to her portrait was a very passionate opinion about the placement of pineapples on pizza.

Here’s her quote:

If you like pineapple slices on pizza, I hope you like pineapple slices on your children’s graves because you’re weak, your bloodline is weak, and you will not survive the winter.

Remind us to be careful who we order pizza around from now on.

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10 Tricks to Make a Really, REALLY Good Fruit Salad

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It may seem as though there’s not much to a fruit salad other than tossing chopped fruit in a bowl, but a few simple tricks transform a flat fruit salad into something enticing to the eye and pleasing to the palate. From picking fruit with the same level of ripeness to spritzing fruit with lemon juice, these 10 tricks will help you make better fruit salads all year round.

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Buy Seasonal Fruit

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Flavor- and texture-wise, seasonal fruit always tastes better. Ever had mealy, bland blueberries or apples during their off-season? It’s a common and often accidental occurrence, but it’s best to avoid buying produce from halfway around the world during its off-season. Instead, look for seasonal produce that’s local to you — or at least originating from the continent in which you live.

 

Choose Fruit With the Same Levels of Ripeness

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A fruit salad instantly becomes less appetizing when some bites are mushy and other bites are too tart and tough. Avoid the incongruousness by choosing fruit with even stages of ripeness. Texturally, it will taste better if all pieces of fruit are soft and ripe with a slight crunch to each bite. Additionally, overly ripe fruit can disintegrate quickly into a pulpy mush that coats all the other fruit pieces. By mixing together ripe but not mushy fruits, salads look fresh and vibrant for a longer period of time. 

 

Mix Fruits of Different Colors and Textures

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Toss fruit with striking hues like green, orange, red, and purple to highlight and contrast each fruit present in the salad. In addition to varied colors, think about combining different textures, too. Some fruits are seedy; others are crispy. Some are filled with juicy pockets; others have a fibrous skin. Mix it up to keep your palate interested and engaged.

 

Remove Stems, Pits, and Skins

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With fruit like cherries or strawberries, remove all stems, pits, and skins, if necessary, from the fruit before tossing it in the bowl. A fruit salad looks cleaner when every piece of fruit is prepped. If you cannot remove the pits or seeds, then warn your guests of any items that have something hard inside that is not visible. There’s nothing worse than unknowingly biting into a grape that’s full of bitter, tooth-breaking seeds.

 

Cut Uniform Dices or Slices

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One of the first tricks learned in culinary school is to cut uniform pieces. Not only is it visually attractive, but it also makes eating the fruit salad easier. Whatever the size of the dice or slice, choose one measurement and stick to it when prepping all the fruit.

 

Use Equal Parts of Each Fruit

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Nobody likes a spoonful of filler fruit! An attractive fruit salad is filled with equal parts of each fruit, so no one feels as though they’re left with the unwanted, bottom dregs of the bowl.

 

Season With Citrus

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Amplify the flavor of fruit salads with the use of fresh citrus zest and juice from lemons or limes. The citrus juices prevent fruit from turning brown and act as the “salt” to fruit, enhancing its flavor with spritzes, to taste. For even more citrus flavor, sprinkle the zest atop the fruit salad.

 

Herbs Aren’t Just For Garnish

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Mint often finds itself garnishing fruit salads, only to be plucked up and discarded to the side. But herbs, especially mint, actually add a refreshing seasoning to fruit salads with melons, berries, and citrus.

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Your Daily Serving of Fruits and Veggies

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BUSTED: Whole Foods Fined for Overcharging Californians

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Ruh Roh, Whole Foods. The popular grocery chain was penalized a sum of close to $800,000 after a year-long investigation discovered that they were overcharging customers in the state of California. There’s about 74 Whole Foods total.

It was uncovered by State and local inspectors that purchased foods weighed less than how much they were advertised to cost for said weight. The weight of salad bar containers were also not subtracted after the final checkout, Fox News reports. According to prosecutors, this violated consumer protection laws under false advertising and unfair competition.

Whole Foods is set to pay $210,000 to the city attorneys of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego. The chain must also repay $100,000 to a weights and measurements enforcement fund. There will be both state and store pricing accuracy managers to prevent this from happening again as well as random quarterly audits in all 74 Whole Foods locations in California.

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These Animated Images of MRI-Scanned Fruits & Vegetables Are Hypnotizing

Sometimes, there can be nothing more magically terrifying than watching an MRI. The haunting images of an inside-look at your brain makes you question what’s going on in that head of yours. So if the human brain is interesting enough to view or hours, what other organic material could translate well through an MRI? Maybe my lunch.

The images below were taken by MRI technologist Andy Ellison. Using a Philips 3 Tesla MRI from the Boston University Medical School, Ellison took a close, intimate look at every day produce. The results, as you can see, are pretty damn breathtaking.

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These Epic Banana Sculptures are Amazing and Definitely Good For You

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9 of the Prettiest Fruits and Veggies You Never Knew Existed

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There are some fruits out there that look like they could belong on another planet, but surprisingly, they hail from this one.

Their shapes, colors, textures and smells can be a completely unique experience at first, but that’s the beauty of new things, right? We asked our friend’s at Melissa’s Produce to send over some fruit we may not have have heard of before in order to expand our produce horizons. The result? An array of some of the prettiest fruit you’ve likely never heard about…and everything you need to know about them:

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Passion Fruit

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Region: Native to South America.

Uses: Salads, desserts and juices.

Taste: Guava-like, sweet and tart

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The pulp from passion fruits are rich with vitamins A and C and the seeds are a pretty solid source of fiber. Passion Fruit skins vary between red and purple hues. The passion fruits name comes from missionaries who when they first saw the fruit’s unique flower patterns, thought that it looked like Christ’s Passion on the cross.

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Baby Pineapple

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Region: South Africa

Uses: Same as pineapples though you can eat the core. Makes great centerpieces.

Taste: Bold, rich, sweet and tart.

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Goes by many different names depending on the country you find them in, Queen Victoria Pineapples being a common one. Baby pineapples are considered a super fruit because of its high nutrients and high antioxidants. Baby pineapples are actually used as much for decoration as actual consumption. They taste sweeter and are more aromatic than regular pineapples. Huh. Guess smaller can be better sometimes.

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Rambutan

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Region: USA, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras

Uses: Desserts or eaten by hand.

Taste: Juicy and sweet cross between a strawberry and a muscat grape.

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Rambutans are packed with vitamin C, calcium, protein, iron and fiber. They also contain niacin, also known as vitamin B3, which lowers bad cholesterol and raises good. They share a relation to lychees. Rambutans utilize nutrients from not only fruit, but also bark, leaves and rinds as well. Its also known to treat ailments such as diabetes, fatigue and bloating.

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Dragon Fruit

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Region: Many parts of the world, primarily in Vietnam

Uses: Fruit salads

Taste: Earthy and slightly sweet.

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Dragon Fruits can be found growing on climbing cactuses. Their seeds are spread through bird droppings that scatter throughout the region. Dragon Fruits draw their name from the flowers that grow along with the fruit, often resembling a dragon. The dragon fruit is best known for its cleansing properties in the digestive system.

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Kiwano (Horn Melon)

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Region: Originally Africa, currently United States

Uses: Sorbets, fruit salads, ice cream and syrups

Taste: Cross between a zucchini, cucumber and kiwi.

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The kiwano has spiky points along its skin. If you crack it open, there’s a jelly-like flesh underneath filled with seeds. When you chill a kiwano, the flavor enhances so that it will taste even better. You can tell how sweet a kiwano is by the brightness of its skin (brighter equals sweeter). The melon is about 90% water and filled with vitamin C. Both seeds and flesh are edible.

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Pepino Melon

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Region: South America and Ecuador

Uses: Eaten like a melon when ripe or served on salads.

Taste: Cross between a honeydew and a cucumber

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Pepino is the Spanish word for cucumber, though the name carries through for the melon worldwide. They’re related to tomatoes and eggplants, but the texture is closer to a cucumber. Pepino melons are filled with beta-carotene antioxidants that prevent illness as well as lowers blood pressure and boosts cardiovascular health. They also contain vitamins C, A and K.

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Cherimoya

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Region: Chile, United States

Uses: Smoothies, yogurt, fruit drinks, desserts, or eaten by hand.

Taste: Cross between a strawberry, mango, pineapple and pear

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Though high in calories, the cherimoya is also high in fiber, vitamin C and calcium. It’s also known to boost the immune system. The cherimoya is often referred to as a custard apple because of it’s custard-like texture but sweet and aromatic taste. A ripe cherimoya will taste like a combination of many different fruits, creating a unique amalgam of flavors. The name cherimoya comes from the Incan word “chirimuya” which means “cold seeds.”

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Tamatillo (Tree Tomato)

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Region: South America and New Zealand

Uses: Salsas, sauces, salads or sandwiches.

Taste: Gelatinous pulp and edible seeds similar to red tomatoes

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Tomatillo translates to “little tomato.” Which is more or less true. The species of tomatoes is best known for its use in salsas and sauces and goes great with peppers. They’re covered in a paper-like husk that bears a resemblance to Chinese Paper Lanterns. Tomatillos, while low in calories, provide a decent amount of vitamins A and vitamin K.

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Baby Cauliflower

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Region: United States

Uses: Salads, sides or however you use regular cauliflowers.

Taste: Mild flavor that absorbs seasonings.

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Baby cauliflowers are high in vitamin C and fiber. They also contain selenium which is said to help boost the immune system. While smaller than regular cauliflower, they’re much easier to handle and prepare. The sprouts people eat are called buttons. Its bitter flavor pairs well with spices like curry, cumin or garlic.