Consumed: Fruits And Vegetables

HuffPost Food & Drink’s series Consumed shines a light on Americans’ obsession with food, one topic at a time. August's theme is produce.

It’s easy to appreciate fruits and vegetables in the height of summer, when tomatoes are that their peak ripeness and farmer’s markets are overflowing with gorgeous peaches, zucchini and melons. We’re celebrating the best of nature’s bounty this August by answering your biggest questions about produce.

Wondering what’ll take the place of kale as the next big thing? Want to know what fruits and vegetables actually make droughts worse? Was Tom Brady totally lying about nightshades being bad for us? Or maybe you’re just storing your potatoes wrong, and you need us to tell you the right way. We’ll also have some intensely delicious recipes coming your way, so keep coming back all month as new stories sprout up.

Migrant workers face a number of challenges as the industry turns to mechanization and faces fluctuating weather patterns.
Experts explain how we process the sugar in an apple differently from the sugar in a cookie.
“Organic food is more nutritious than non-organic food, but not in the way that you might think." As for taste, it's a mixed bag.
Experts share the top buying, prepping, cooking and storing goofs that can make eating frozen veggies a total drag.
Want to know the most healthful produce to eat? The answer is probably simpler than you anticipated.
A few simple psychological tricks can help you load up on more healthy produce. Also, find out why parents should never hide veggies in kids' food.
Experts get to the bottom of whether tomatoes, eggplants and peppers can be bad for you.
You should know not to store tomatoes in the refrigerator by now, but these other no-nos might come as a surprise.
It takes more than 1,500 gallons of water to make a chocolate bar. Consider limiting your consumption of these foods as part of a water-wise diet.
So long, kale and avocado. Food industry analysts predict the next big produce trends.
Imagery has the power to turn a seemingly innocent depiction of fruit into the stereotyping of an entire group of people.
Heirlooms, canned San Marzanos and cherry tomatoes all serve different purposes. So which should you use and when?
This is one case when a higher price really does mean higher quality.