Walnuts may be the oldest-known cultivated tree crop, but until recently, I had little idea as to how the actual harvesting and processing procedure goes down. Thankfully, the California Walnut Board and Commission invited writers to the Mariani Nut Company's orchards and processing plant to better understand the journey each walnut makes from the tree branch to your plate. Click through to be enlightened and inspired.
Summer may traditionally get all the glory, but we look forward to Fall even more eagerly, as it's synonymous with harvest season. Crisp air ushers in a bumper crop of juicy pears, crisp apples, and earthy-sweet pumpkins and squash, and for a while, warm-weather favorites like tomatoes, berries, and eggplant are still at their peak — the best of both worlds. Click through to find out what treasures to look for and how long they'll be available, then get to enjoying this magical time of year.
July is peak time for peaches, those stone fruits so known for their floral aroma, fuzzy skin, and juicy flesh. To take full advantage of the fact that right now they're at the apex of their ripeness, I stopped by San Jose's J&P Farms — Santa Clara County's last working orchard. After taking a stroll through the rows of peach trees, I spoke with owner Phil Cosentino about peach season.
While peaches are ready as early as May and available until late September, peach season is at its peak in July and August — although since peach season began early this year due to warmer weather, it'll wrap up sooner than usual.
Keep reading to find out how to pick the perfect peach.
Now that we're in the swing of all the season's produce, it's time to take advantage of the berries, stone fruits, and Summer vegetables at the farmers market. My current obsession with produce spans far and wide and includes vegetables like zucchini, tomatillos, and okra. Make the most of what you're seeing this season when you keep reading!
Along with Summer comes bathing suits, fireworks, and, of course, biting into juicy fruits and crisp veggies. The time is here to savor sweet watermelons, avocados, peaches, and more. Take a look at what's ripe this season, and get ready to hit the farmers markets with more than one tote in hand.
Spring is definitely in the air and we're pumped — not only for a newly sparkling kitchen (thanks to Spring cleaning!), but also, in particular, for the colorful and diverse produce that the season brings with it.
Perhaps you're as enthusiastic about the new crop as we are, and you know your vernal vegetables and fruits inside and out. Can you spot the Spring produce at farmers markets? Let's find out when you take this quiz.
It's still officially Spring, which means you can still enjoy the bounty of fresh fruits that sweeten up the season. Just like with peak Spring vegetables, enjoying these treats can be as easy as taking a juicy bite, but we've rallied together five recipes that highlight each fruit's delectable essence.
We're looking forward to the beginning of Spring, when exotic produce is aplenty at farmers markets everywhere. But don't get too used to it: these pretty green things are still shockingly fleeting, and in just a few weeks, you won't be able to locate the likes of lesser-known specimens, like Spring onions, fava beans, and freshly foraged morels. Here are five more foods you'll want to track down before the season's over, plus our best recipes for them.
We love a zingy citrus and brussels sprouts salad as much as the next person, but as Winter drags on, all those leafy greens can get a little dull — so we welcome verdant Spring produce with open farmers market totes. With that in mind, we've compiled a handy guide to what fruits and vegetables we can all look forward to devouring this season, from peppery radishes to exotic cherimoyas, and loads in between.
With all that Spring produce popping up at farmers markets seemingly out of nowhere, it's pretty easy to get pumped about making all sorts of Spring things. But where to start? If I may, I suggest beginning with five of the season's most iconic items. Keep reading to learn more about them — and how to put them to good use.