Avocado Season- The avocado is a fruit that has a mild hazelnut flavor and a buttery texture. It can be round to pear-shaped, thick to thin-skinned, green to purplish-black, and smooth skinned to bumpy skinned. The flesh is a very pale green color.
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Avocados - The "Endless Season"- A U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that came into effect January 31, 2005, lifts most geographical and all seasonal restrictions on fresh Hass avocados from approved orchards and packinghouses in the state of Michoacan in Mexico. For the first two years, avocados from Mexico can be distributed everywhere except California, Florida and Hawaii; following that interim period, they will be available nationally. Before the landmark regulation, the prized Mexican fruit could be sold in just 31 states plus the District of Columbia, and only from mid-October to mid-April.
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Bananas- There are hundreds of varieties of bananas grown around the world. This is the only fruit that actually gets better if it is picked while it is unripe. When choosing a ripe banana, choose a plump yellow banana with brown flecks.
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Classics Revamped: Made Lighter and Fresher with Fresh Fruit from Chile- Always in good taste, summer-fresh fruit from Chile brings new allure to two classic recipes transforming them into lighter, brighter, livelier dishes -- right in tune with the findings of a recent study that reports Americans are eating more fruit.
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Fresh Avocados: Tips For Easy Home Cooking- In her restaurant Barbara Sibley slices avocados for a mixed vegetable salad, adds them to tomato, corn and chile pepper soup, and purees them for a spicy sauce to serve with a mild fish.
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Fresh Takes On Classic Fruit Desserts Now- Why wait until summer to enjoy the sweet and comforting flavors of fresh fruit desserts? Right now, it's warm and sunny in Chile, where Chilean farmers are harvesting premium-quality peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, grapes and other fruit, and shipping them our way. With all those juicy, delicious Chilean fruits in the market and a few time-saving recipes in hand, you can create classic desserts anytime you like.
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Going Bananas- Bananas taste best when ripened off the tree. They are usually shipped green to extend their transportation and shelf life. As they ripen they become speckled with dark brown spots. Smaller bananas tend to be sweeter than their big brothers. Generally it is best to leave them out of the refrigerator. They can be refrigerated but their skin turns dark brown to black. To hasten their ripening, place them in a paper bag.
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Lemons: Sunshine for Every Occasion- Lemons are so versatile for main dish recipes, garnishes and vegetables, but lemon desserts and beverages add a bit of sunshine to the table!
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Magnificent Muskmelons: Cantaloupe- Cantaloupes, also called muskmelons, have a distinct netted or webbed rind. Dating back beyond 2400 B.C., it is likely the cantaloupe originated in Persia or possibly Afghanistan. In that time, cantaloupes were cultivated over quite a wide span -- from Egypt and across to Northwest India. These sweet and juicy melons were the food of royalty for many cultures.
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Peaches- ...To choose a peach, check for a strong peach fragrance. The fruit should be firm, yet gives slightly to firm pressure....
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Perfect Papaya- There are two types of papayas, Hawaiian and Mexican. The Hawaiian type weigh about 1 pound and have yellow skin when ripe. Mexican papayas may weigh up to 10 pounds and be more than 15 inches long. Hawaiian papayas have a little more intense flavor than the Mexican variety. Both are delicious and extremely enjoyable.
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Perfect Papaya- Papaya is available in most supermarkets all year round. If you plan to eat them right away, look for fruit that's mostly yellow in color and slightly soft to the touch.
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Raspberry Season- There are numerous varieties of raspberries. In the supermarket, we may be able to tell the difference by their color. There are black raspberries, golden raspberries and the most available one, the red raspberry.
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Ready, Set, Mango!- The summer comes with its own special gustatory pleasures - and one of the most sublime is fresh mangos from Mexico. Trucked from field to market in as little as eight hours, these luscious, fragrant mangos are at their peak of perfection through Labor Day.
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Smart Picks Among Conventionally Grown Fruit- While Americans ate 28 percent more fresh fruit in 2000 than in the 1970s, current U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) figures show that we could be doing better.
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The Big Apple- When we love someone they are the "apple of our eye." The apple's health benefits are espoused by the phrase: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."
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Tomatoes: Putting the "Tax" in Taxonomy- The tomato is a rags to riches story; a twisting trans-Atlantic journey in quest of a culinary identity. Tomatoes are indigenous to South America specifically the region of Peru. They have been grown for food since prehistoric times.
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Watermelon- Watermelon has become a year-round staple in households the world over. With more countries than ever importing and exporting watermelons, it is easy to find the sweet, healthy and refreshing fruit any time of the year.
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Watermelon: Carve A New Slice Of Life!- When your mother told you don't play with your food, she didn't know about these show-stopping sculptures that anyone can make with fresh, delicious watermelon.
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While there are many reasons for teaching kids to cook -- less expensive than eating out, preserves family heritage, etc, the most important
reason is that by teaching your child to cook, you're giving him a better chance to be a healthy grown-up. Enabling your child with the ability
to appreciate freshness and to transform ingredients into tasty foods opens their eyes to making wiser choices about what to eat...