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Item of the Week: APRICOTS

August 17, 2018

Apricot is a medium-sized deciduous tree that grows best in well-drained mountain slope soils. During the spring, it bears plenty of beautiful pinkish-white flowers that attract bees. The fruits have almost uniform size, 4-5 cm in diameter, and weigh about 35 g. In structure; the fruit is a drupe, consisting of a centrally located single…

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Item of the Week: ZUCCHINI & SUMMER SQUASH

August 10, 2018

A member of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), zucchini is an easy-to-grow summer squash native to Central America and Mexico. It was brought to the United States by Italian immigrants during the 1920s. Some popular zucchini varieties include golden zucchini, tatume, costata romanesco, and yellow crooknecks. Read more.

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Item of the Week: FIGS

August 3, 2018

Belonging to the mulberry family, there is a plethora of fig tree varieties. Most of them are small at 10-30 feet and thrive in warm, dry climates. Pollinated by a tiny wasp, fig trees never blossom because the flowers are on the inside, producing dozens and sometimes hundreds of miniscule seeds that give figs their unique, crunchy…

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Item of the Week: SUGAR SNAP PEAS

July 26, 2018

Snap peas are also known as sugar snap peas, and are a cross between snow peas and garden peas. The whole pod is eaten and has a crunchy texture and very sweet flavor. Snap peas may be eaten raw or cooked. There may be tough “strings” at the seams of the pods that need to…

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Item of the Week: GRAPES

July 20, 2018

Grapes are one of the most popular fruits in the world because of their taste, texture, flavor, variety, and ease of portability. This popular and delicious fruit is also packed with a lot of important nutrients. Apart from the fruit of the grape plant, the seeds are also beneficial for health as they help reduce…

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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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16 SUPER HEALTHY FRUITS & VEGETABLES

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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