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Can You Really Die from Eating Apple Seeds?

The short answer to the title question posed here is: yes. But before you up and toss the literal fruits of your actual labor this apple picking season, let’s have

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How Did the Most Popular Apples Get Their Names?

There’s a plethora of perfect produce this time of year, and our favorite seasonal snack happens to come in a whole range of colors, shapes, sizes, textures, and—names? Yes, naturally:

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What Are Apple Cider Doughnuts and Why Do They Taste So Good?

Before pumpkins swooped in and stole the show, apples were the go-to fall treat. The season wasn’t complete without an apple picking trip or a mug of hot cider on

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What Are the Best Apples for Baking?

If you’ve ever made a dessert with apples, you’ll know that not all varieties bake equally. Some hold up beautifully under heat, retaining their texture and taste.

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6 Reasons Why Pumpkin Is the New Superfood

There’s a lot more to pumpkin than flavoring for your coffee or decor for your front stoop. Though the food is so intrinsically tied with all things autumn, and already

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The Great Pumpkin Beer Divide: Love It or Loathe It, It’s Here to Stay (and Older Than You Think)

It usually tastes like warming pie spices; it reappears every year as we approach autumn; and it’s incredibly divisive, inspiring fervent delight in some and vehement disdain in others—and no,

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What Actually Is in Pumpkin Spice? Breaking Down Why It Works

Pumpkin. Spice. Are there any other two words in the English language whose union is capable of conjuring such a rich sense of coziness? Even before summer has officially thrown

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How Do People Grow Massive Pumpkins?

What is it about pumpkins that delights us so much? Like Linus in the 1966 animated TV special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” we seem to be infatuated with

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Pumpkin Pie Lies: It’s Actually Canned Squash

Pumpkins are a beloved symbol of fall, the decoration of choice on Halloween, the star of countless Thanksgiving pies—actually, that last one is a lie, unless you make your own

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Community and Cinnamon Rolls: What Is an Alaskan Roadhouse?

The road tripper’s Alaska seems more like a different planet than merely a different landscape from that which might be experienced by the majority of travelers who visit via cruise.

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What Are CBD Foods and Why are They Everywhere?

At this year’s Fancy Food Show, held over a long weekend in early July at New York’s Javits Center, a CBD food lab and product development company called Hillside Lane

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What Are Corn Nuts, and Where Did They Come From?

Some snacks are fairly universally beloved, like trail mix and cheese crackers. Even beef jerky has more fans than not. Then there are the less popular nibbles, like Combos, which inspire

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What Are Liquid Aminos, and How Do You Use Them?

If you’re vegan, gluten-free, or paleo, you may already be familiar with liquid aminos, but even if you’ve never used them, you’ve probably spied them on a shelf at Whole Foods

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What Is a Pupusa?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the big question is: What is a pupusa? A beloved  Salvadoran dish made of  a thick corn tortilla and stuffed with

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What Is a Christkindlmarket and Why You Should Find One

Dashing through the snow In a one-horse, open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way! Bells on bobtail ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to

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What Is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba almost sounds like something you’d say to cast a spell. Fitting, because some consider this a miracle ingredient. But what is it? Chickpea juice!

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What Is a Caper?

Smaller than an eraser nub on the end of a pencil, capers pack such a wallop of flavor they can wake up many a boring dish. A caper is the

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What is a Superfood?

If you want to eat healthy, you might as well do it all the way with superfoods, never sacrificing taste of course.

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What Are Tomatillos, Exactly?

Tomatillos might just be a food with an identity crisis. They kinda look like a green tomato, yet have a husk like a cape gooseberry and a taste that’s all

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What’s the Origin of the Word “Cocktail”?

Theories abound about the etymology.

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