When it comes to fruits and veggies, my friends lovingly refer to me as a "grippie," aka green hippie, because of my steadfast rule of only buying organic fruit and vegetables. I used to be part of a CSA, but now I visit various farmers markets around the city a few times each week. Seasonal produce is full of flavor, I want to support small nearby farms, and of course there's the issue of pesticides. And because the produce I'm buying is seasonal and in abundance, it's pretty affordable too. I also think that organic, seasonal fruit is more nutritious, which a new study backs me up on — at least when it comes to strawberries. In the study, organic strawberries were more flavorful, nutritious, and had a longer shelf life. Another reason to add my growing list of sticking to organic produce. How about you . . .
This fuzzy-skinned fruit is packed with vitamin C: one medium kiwi contains about 70.5 mg of C, just slightly less than one medium orange. Better yet, buy organic, and vitamin C and polyphenol levels are even higher.
With just 50 calories per kiwi, the green flesh is also high in vitamin E, potassium, and dietary fiber. You can peel them or add a bit of texture by leaving the skin on (vigorously washed of course). They're good in fruit salads and green salads. Can't convince your friends to eat kiwi? Perhaps you'd have more luck serving up a kiwi cocktail.
YumSugar Community member skigurl wanted to make guacamole, and wrote in to ask us a burning question about it: "What do I do if I need to make guacamole today, but all the avocados in the store are hard?" I reached out to the California Avocado Commission to find the answer. "The majority of stores carry avocados that are ripe and ready to eat today or tomorrow," Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing explained. "Many consumers purchase enough avocados for weekly consumption, so they always have some ready to use."
She suggests shopping at stores that have ripe avocado programs for immediate use, or, if you have a few days to spare, placing avocados in a bag with an apple or a banana at room temperature to expedite ripening. (Apples and bananas emit a ripening agent called ethylene gas.) Conversely, ripe avocados can be kept in the refrigerator for a day or two to slow down the maturation process. If all else fails, take a tip from mokba43, who recommends using a potato ricer to create fluffy, small grains. What's your advice?
Freshway Foods and Imperial Sysco brands are recalling romaine lettuce in at least 23 states east of the Mississippi. The romaine has also been sold in salad bars and delis in stores like Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh stores.
I'd been optimistic about the Obama administration's promise to establish more stringent food safety guidelines, but this demonstrates that, sadly, nothing has really changed. I'll be steering clear of raw greens for a while — what about you?
Berry season begins! The arrival of strawberries at the farmers market heralds the arrival of Summer, and blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries won't be far behind. For such a tiny fruit, berries deliver an outrageous amount of nutritional benefits, and they're a tasty addition to sweet and savory recipes. Find out how much you know about this seasonal treat.Take the Quiz
I have a thing for Star Wars spoofs, and trust me there are a ton of them out there. I don't think any of them are quite like Grocery Store Wars though. Watch as Obi One Cannoli, Cuke Skywalker, Princess Lettuce, Ham Solo, Chewbroccoli, C3 Peanuts, and Tofu-D2 join the organic rebellion to overcome the dark side and its leader Darth Tater. The dark side has taken over the universe with genetically modified and chemically treated foods; Cuke Skywalker and his team must use "The Farm" to restore order, organic produce, and all that is natural in the world.
Do you think they will succeed? Their hope lies in someone closer than you know . . .
Love the message that this video sends, but are any of you as confused as I am that Obi One is a cannoli?