Category Archives: Fruits and Veggies

Delicious End-of-Summer Tomato Recipes

Delicious End-of-Summer Tomato Recipes

While many of us are still enjoying some hot, sunny weather this month, kids are going back to school and the summer season is coming to an end. This means that some of the bounty of summer will soon be running out. I’ve stocked my freezer full of berries for the off-season, but some things – like tomatoes – are just best when they are ... Read More »

Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

I grow tomatoes in my garden during the summer, and that typically means that my kitchen is completely overflowing with tomatoes. My tomatoes seem to ripen in waves, so when I have a fresh batch, I usually rush to use them up before the next wave hits. I make pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes and store it in the freezer for later use. I make ... Read More »

What are Cara Cara oranges?

Cara Cara Oranges

Cara Cara oranges are a type of navel orange that has been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years. The oranges are a hybrid between the Washington navel orange and the Brazilian Bahia navel orange, and they were first discovered in 1976 in Venezuela at a place called Hacienda Cara Cara, which is where their name comes from. The Cara Caras look similar ... Read More »

The Best Pumpkins for Baking

Sugar pumpkin and regular pumpkin

Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, and during the fall it seems like every single one of them is on display at the grocery store. There are large pumpkins for carving, oddly shaped and colored pumpkins for decorating and smaller pumpkins for cooking. Canned pumpkin is what most of us rely on for baking, since it is so convenient, but you can use fresh ... Read More »

Witch Finger Grapes

Witch Finger Grapes

It’s not unusual to see heirloom produce these days at both farmers markets and mainstream grocery stores. Tomatoes, carrots and potatoes – just to name a few – come in all shapes and sizes, and are available in a rainbow of colors. Fruit is a little bit different, however, because even when we buy specialty apples or plums (to pick just two) for their flavor, ... Read More »

Seasonal Produce Calendars

Seasonal Produce Calendars

Produce tends to be less expensive, more flavorful and more nutrient-dense when it is in season. Off season, fruits and veggies are picked at less-than-optimal ripeness levels in an effort to extend their shelf life – often because they are picked far away from where they will be sold and have a long journey to get there. It is easy to tell when fruits and ... Read More »

What are freestone peaches?

Freestone Peaches, pitted

You will often see peaches labeled as “freestone” or “clingstone” when shopping for fruit. These terms refer to different types of peaches, not specifically to different strains of the fruit. Many varieties of peaches exist, just like apples and other fruits, but most varieties of peaches are similar in terms of looks and flavor and you’ll rarely see a specific name (other than white or ... Read More »

How to pit cherries without a cherry pitter

Pitted Cherries

When you are working with fresh cherries, it is necessary to remove their pits before you can safely put them into a recipe. There are traditionalists who say that you get more flavor when you cook the cherries with the pits still inside (“traditional” cherry clafouti are notorious for this), but anyone who has unexpectedly chomped down on a cherry pit in a pie or ... Read More »

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