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Bananas are always harvested before they are ripe – that’s why you’ll often find very green looking bananas in the store. As they ripen, they give off a lot of ethylene gas (which causes them to turn yellow) – and they soon begin to develop brown spots as they ripen further still. So when is the best time to actually eat them? Well, unripe...

Do you automatically assume that any fruit or vegetable you prepare for your baby HAS to be cooked? If so, then you’re not alone. But whilst cooking produce has some advantages (it reduces the allergenicity of certain fruits and vegetables, for example), it isn’t always necessary. When you consider that the cooking process usually contributes to some degree of nutrient loss, it makes sense to serve raw fruits and veggies to your baby where possible. Read more on our new page about the pros and cons of cooking fruits and vegetables...

Paige from Minnesota wrote to us yesterday because she has been trying to make applesauce for her 7 month old daughter Brianna. The problem is that it always comes out runny and I literally have to pour it off the spoon and into her mouth. What am I doing wrong? The common mistake that people make when preparing homemade applesauce is overcooking the apples. The mixture should NOT cook down to the consistency of applesauce in the pot – the end result, as Paige has discovered, is both watery and tasteless. The trick is to cook the...