Spring Cleaning Your Produce

Warmer weather is finally here!  You can spring clean not only your house but also your produce by looking for organic, which is produced without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers. Organic produce isn’t irradiated or treated with industrial solvents, and it has not been genetically modified. Fortunately, when you are in a grocery store, there […]

Fun with Stone Fruits

What do pluots, nectaplums, and peacharines have in common? (Aside from their weird names…) They’re all hybrid stone fruits that have been cross-pollinated the old-fashioned way to create fun new summer fruits to whet our appetites. The stone fruit category includes apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries—that is, fruit with pits. Their wacky-sounding offspring include: […]

Why Berries Are the Best Summer Treats

Nothing quite says “summer” like berries! And that’s a good thing, because not only are berries excellent sources of antioxidants—anthocyanin is the purplish-reddish pigment that makes blueberries blue and blackberries black—berries contain less sugar than most fruits do. (Tropical fruits like mangoes, pineapples, and bananas contain the most sugar.) And thanks to tiny seeds found […]

8 Easy Ways to Use Avocados

Lush, creamy avocados have become year-round fruits. (Yes, technically, avocado is fruit!) That’s a good thing, because avocados can become sauces, condiments, desserts, even fries. When choosing avocados, select fruits that are uniformly soft but still ever-so-slightly firm – you don’t want to be able to poke your finger into a soft spot. Ripe avocados […]