Tag Archives: Produce Notes

Too Hot To Handle

Summer may be winding down but the chili pepper market is just heating up. Chili pepper is the fruit of the plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family. Chile peppers originated in Mexico and can be traced back to the human diet in the Americas as early as 7500 BCE. Chili peppers […] Read Post »


Getting Figgy With It

                Although dried figs are available most of the year, nothing compares to the unique taste of fresh figs. Fresh figs have the perfect balance of sweet taste, chewy texture and their seeds provide a satisfying crunch. The first mention of figs can be traced back as early […] Read Post »


What is an Heirloom Tomato?

Walk through any natural grocery store or farmer’s market in the summer and you would be hard pressed to not see rows of beautiful brightly colored heirloom tomatoes. Heirlooms have become increasingly popular and are more readily available in the past few years. What exactly is an heirloom and how is it different from a […] Read Post »


Cornology

It’s hard to think of summer without thinking of delicious fresh sweet corn. But what is it and where did this popular crop come from? Sweet corn is a variety of maize with high sugar content. Unlike field corn varieties which are harvested when kernels are dry and mature, sweet corn is harvested when immature […] Read Post »


Pluot: The New Summer Fruit

In the stone fruit world, there are many types including unique hybrids that combine varieties of plums and apricots. Pluots, plumcots, apriums, apriplums—the possibilities are endless. Pluots are a relative newcomer to the summer hybrid fruit lineup—but it has quickly become a favorite! Pluots refer to a large number of varieties that have a higher […] Read Post »