Produce Talk

Item of the Week: TOMATOES

July 13, 2018

Known scientifically as Solanum lycopersicum, the tomato is the berry of a plant from the nightshade family, native to South America. Despite technically being a fruit, the tomato is generally categorized as a vegetable. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk…

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Item of the Week: CHERRIES

July 6, 2018

Wonderfully delicious, cherry fruit is packed with full of health-benefiting nutrients and unique antioxidants. Cherries are native to Eastern Europe and Asia Minor regions. Botanically, the fruit is a “drupe” (stone fruit), belonging to the large Rosaceae family of small tree fruits in the genus, Prunus. Some of the common “drupe” family fruits are plums, peaches, apricots, etc. Although several species…

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June 29, 2018

While all fruits and vegetables offer a number of health benefits, those that rank high provide a denser amount of nutrients for fewer calories. In terms of health benefits, most of these foods will be very effective in countering oxidative stress and chronic inflammation since these are primary risk factors for many types of cancer.…

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Item of the Week: PLUMS & PRUNES

June 25, 2018

There are few fruits that come in such a panorama of colors as the juicy sweet tasting plum. The plum season extends from May through October with the Japanese varieties first on the market from May and peaking in August followed by the European varieties in the fall. Read more.

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Item of the Week: CORN

June 15, 2018

Corn or maize is a grain plant that originated in southern Mexico. The kernels or seeds of corn hold the majority of its nutrients and are the most commonly consumed parts. They come in multiple colors, depending on where the corn is grown and what species or variety they happen to be. Another genetic variant,…

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Item of the Week: White Peaches & Nectarines

June 8, 2018

White peaches and nectarines have several characteristics that set them apart from their yellow counterparts. They have a delicate white flesh and an incredibly sweet taste due to their low acid levels. Acid is what gives yellow peaches and nectarines their slightly tangy flavor. As yellow varieties ripen, some of this acid dissipates, leaving a…

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Item of the Week: WATERMELON

June 1, 2018

Watermelon is mostly eaten in summer to prevent the sun heat having thirst quenching properties. It is rich in antioxidant lycopene and Vitamin A. It is a delicious fruit with plenty of water percentage in it which protects from summer temperatures. It has outer covering of green or yellow color which is a bit thick…

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May 24, 2018

DIRECT vs INDIRECT HEAT With direct heat grilling, food is placed directly over a source of high heat and the grill lid is usually left off. Since food cooks in mere minutes, thin cuts of meat, fillets, kabobs and vegetables are your best choices. Read now.

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May 17, 2018

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30th, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  The first state…

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Item of the Week: SPINACH

May 10, 2018

Spinach is a member of the Amaranthaceae family and its scientific name is Spinacia oleracea. It is a green, leafy vegetable that is cheap and affordable for everyone. It is a rich source of minerals, vitamins, pigments, and phytonutrients. All of these together make spinach very beneficial for a number of vital processes. Due to…

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