Winter & Spring Produce

Navel Oranges

Navel California navel oranges are considered by many to be the best oranges in the world for eating out of hand. They have a meaty flesh, their thick rinds are easy to peel, the segments separate easily, and they have no seeds. All navel oranges have a navel at the blossom end – an opening…

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Winter Squash

Butternut Squash:  Has gained huge popularity over the past 10 years largely due to the restaurant influence and the popular butternut squash soup entree.  It is a type of winter squash that has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin – in fact often pumpkin pie is made from butternut squash. Kabocha…

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Texas Sweet Onions

Texas Sweet Onions

Texas Sweet Onions are available mid-April through June. Fat-free, very low in Sodium, a great source of fiber, high in vitamin C, & cholesterol-free. Good-quality sweet onions will be firm, free of blemishes or mold spots and have even-colored, light-yellow skin. Peel away outer skin of onion and slice. Delicious raw in salads, barbecued on…

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Tangerines

Best eaten out-of-hand, they are also used in salads, desserts and in main dishes. There are many types of citrus that have traditionally been sold as “tangerines”, but most retailers now use the proper name for each variety.They are often sold with the stem and leaf attached. Tangerines are fairly easy to peel and have…

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Tatsoi

Tatsoi has very dark green, spoon-shaped leaves in a perfect rosette.  It has a sweet, pleasant flavor. The leaves can be used in soups or salads. For soups, add the shredded leaves at the end of cooking.  The heat of the broth will cook them sufficiently.  Commonly known as Chinese spinach.

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Spinach

To wash, remove any blemished leaves, trim off the stems, and wash thoroughly in cold water. Spin dry in a salad spinner or drain well, then put into clean plastic bags very loosely wrapped with paper towel. Just add bacon bits, chopped eggs, & dressing for a quick spinach salad.

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Radishes

Easter Radishes:  Related to the turnip and horseradish family, with a crisp texture and a peppery -hot flavor. This radish gets its name from the size and colors of the radishes.  Store without the leafy tops and place in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic to keep fresh for several days. French Breakfast Radishes:  The French…

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Pomelo

The Pomelo is a tart fruit available in the winter time. Also called shaddock, pumelo, pummelo, and Chinese grapefruit, pomelo is an ancestor of the grapefruit that originated in Asia but is now grown all over the world. You could make a hat out of a pomelo for your cat!

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Peas

English Peas

Sugar Snap Peas:  A tasty treat and a healthy snack. Can be eaten raw, cooked, or used in a stir-fry. Great on a crudités’ platter. The shells should be eaten too. English Peas: The common garden pea, also known simply as green pea. Black-eyed Peas: Although called a pea, it is actually a bean. Both peas…

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Parsley

Curly Parsley:  Curly, fringed leaves, a natural breath freshener, parsley nicely adorns any dish.  Keep wet or store in an air-tight bag. Italian Parsley:  Look for notable flat leaves which distinguishes it as Italian Parsley. Italian Parsley is a Mediterranean favorite that is delicious in soup, vegetables, meats and as garnish. Remember to keep wet…

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