Produce Talk

Item of the Week: HARD SQUASH

September 7, 2018

Although called “winter squash,” the natural season of these varieties of squash and pumpkins runs from late summer to mid-winter, with some varieties available year-round. There are several to choose from, from homey acorn squash to magical cinderella pumpkins to charmingly shaped turban squash. Read more.

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Crosset Company Produce & Floral Conference

August 31, 2018

Tuesday August 21st, I was at the Great American Ball Park trying to get set up for the Big Event, the Crosset Company’s Annual Produce and Floral Conference. Well, things seemed to be going pretty well when all of a sudden our Sales Manager Bob Lummis came to tell me there had been a change.…

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Item of the Week: PEARS

August 24, 2018

Sweet, delicious and rich flavored pears offer crunchiness of apples yet juicy as peach and nectarine. They are widely popular, particularly in the whole of the northern hemisphere, for their unique nutrient qualities. Read more.

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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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