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What is a Cherry Plum?

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What is a cherry plum?

A cherry plum, as the name suggests, is a fruit that is a hybrid between a cherry and a plum. The fruits are larger than a standard cherry, but smaller than a standard plum, with a medium-length stem that resembles a cherry. The fruit can range in color from yellow-pink to deep …

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What are Lychees?

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Lychees

Lychees are one of the more unusual looking fruits that you’ll find in the produce section of your local grocery store. They are small – usually smaller than a golf ball – have a rough, bright pink rind covering a tender, white flesh. The rind is thin and can be peeled away …

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Delicious End-of-Summer Tomato Recipes

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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, …

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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 …

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What are Cara Cara oranges?

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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Seasonal Produce Calendars

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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 …

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