FRUIT & VEGGIE

Post image for Zucchini: The Orphan Of The Vegetable World

It’s August and gardens are overflowing with produce. You drive down country roads and there, like homeless children, are baskets sitting by the side of the road pleading with those who pass by to take them away. “Free…Take Me…Please…Zucchini,” exclaim the hand-written signs. Why does such a delicious, versatile vegetable have to go begging? Zucchini [...]

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Post image for Extension Answers: Is it safe to freeze vegetables without blanching them?

Blanching is an important step in freezing vegetables that will be stored frozen more than four weeks, however it is not a safety issue.  The unblanched vegetables will be safe but will not be of the quality you can expect with a blanched product. Blanching cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color, [...]

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Post image for It’s fruitless to go bananas!

Dubai: Fruits are nature’s dessert. They are flowery and seedy plants that grow in abundance across the earth’s varying climates. They are a valuable trading commodity, decorating supermarket stands and stalls in markets over the world all year round, proudly standing as a true emblem of globalisation. In the UAE, a burst of zingy citrus fruit [...]

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MANGOES could hit supermarket shelves earlier than expected with trees experiencing an early spurt. Territory farmers say a record long wet season has triggered the biggest flowering the Top End has ever seen. But industry figures were cautious about making exact predictions. The bulk of mangoes is expected to reach the market in early August. [...]

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Post image for More fruits and vegetables for neighborhood

Two Queens neighborhoods are getting access to more fruits and vegetables. The renovation and expansion of two supermarket sites in Jackson Heights and Corona will offer options for shoppers who want more variety and access to better produce in areas designated by the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) initiative. Bogopa Service Corporation, which [...]

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Post image for Your Veggies Today Ain’t Like They Were In The Old Days

Unless you eat organically grown fruits and vegetables whose prices are a rip-off, the veggies you select from the produce aisles in your grocery store lack the nutrients they carried 30 years ago. The reason is synthetic fertilizers and faster growing hybrids that growers believe produce large specimens more attractive to dimwitted buyers. A review [...]

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Post image for Arkansas farmers see growing market in heirloom tomatoes

The dessert with a hint of zing was the highlight of an all-tomato feast on Friday in Monticello in southeastern Arkansas to promote heirloom tomatoes. Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner of stuffed tomatoes, tomato flatbread, five-tomato salad, basil chicken and several tomato-based sides topped off with tomato cake. The all-tomato dinner grew out of consumer [...]

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Fruits are not only good for your diet and health but they are also tasty and easy to serve. One of the benefits of modern transportation is the ease with which fresh produce can be transported from farm to store shelves thereby allowing people the opportunity to consume fresh fruit regardless of where they live. [...]

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Post image for How to Clean Your Produce

Summer is here and it is officially the season of fresh produce.  Many of you will grow your own produce (ours is slowly growing in our yard) and others will purchase your produce from the store.  Regardless of where your produce is from, you should still wash it well – especially if you don’t grow [...]

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FRUIT and vegetable growers in the region have welcomed assurances from two of the big supermarket chains that they will only turn to imports as a last resort. “I would hope that supermarkets would only import the bare essentials,” Mareeba Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association president Joe Moro said. Coles and Woolworths have pledged not [...]

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As 2011 approaches, many of us will be making resolutions: not smoking, getting a better job, losing weight. Sure, these are all noble aspirations, but why not make one of those resolutions an easy one. In order to get just a little bit healthier, resolve to include one of these fruits into your daily routine. [...]

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Post image for After one dessert, he was gaga for guava

For some, guavas are an acquired taste. They are, after all, on the challenging side of tropical, with their muskily sweet flesh, pungently piney perfume and sand-on-the-tongue texture. But for Rick Johnson, all it took was one dessert — Cindy Hutson’s White Chocolate Guava Bread Pudding at her Miami restaurant, Ortanique on the Mile (cindyhutsoncuisine.com). [...]

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SEBRING – Picking fruit is a complex science. After all, there’s nothing worse than treating your taste buds to a dry, pasty peach or a waterless watermelon after craving nature’s candy – on an empty stomach. But before you bag that fruit be prepared to use all your senses. Dennis McElroy, who’s been in the [...]

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The program, aimed at improving health and supporting local farmers, is being launched today in Portland and Skowhegan. Maine doctors will soon be writing out some unusual prescriptions — for fruits and vegetables. A new program aimed at boosting consumption of fresh fruits and veggies is launching today in Maine, five days after a similar [...]

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By MIMI HONEYCUTT HOUSTON CHRONICLE How does a mango cobbler sound for breakfast? Or strawberry shortcake for dessert? Both come out of 41-year-old Ani Phyo’s kitchen — but neither has been heated above 105 degrees. Based in Los Angeles, Phyo is a raw-food chef and the founder of SmartMonkey Foods; her newest book, Ani’s Raw [...]

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Calculate an appropriate Healthy Food Budget for your family, based on USDA’s Low- Cost Food Plan. Cook enough for several meals and freeze leftovers. Place enough food for 1-2 meals in each container. Create a meal plan for the week that uses similar fruits and vegetables, prepared in different ways. Make the most out of [...]

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