Monday, December 1, 2014

What's In Season - December

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Happy Holidays!! Wherever you are located - try to find something fresh and locally grown to add to your holiday food menu and don't forget to support your local businesses when buying gifts this year!!
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Some Good Info:
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Food grown in your own community was probably picked within the past day or two. It's crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor. Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles. In a week-long (or more) delay from harvest to dinner table, sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink, and produce loses its vitality.
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Northern California
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Vegetables
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•artichokes
•asian greens
•avocados
•beans
•beets
•bok choy
•broccoli
•brussels sprouts
•burdock
•cabbage
•cardoons
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celeriac
•celery
•chard
•collards
•cress
•endive
•fennel
•garlic
•kale
•kohlrabi
•leeks
•lettuces
•mushrooms
•onions
•parsnips
•peppers, bell
•peppers, chili
•potatoes
•radicchio
•radish
•rapini
•rutabaga
•salsify
•scallions
•spinach
•squash, winter
•sunchokes
•sweet potatoes
•turnips
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Fruits and Nuts
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•avocados
•chestnuts
•dates
•dried fruit
•grapefruit
•grapes
•guavas
•kiwi
•kumquats
•lemons
•limes
•mandarins
•oranges
•pears
•persimmons
•pomegranates
•pomelos
•tangerines
•walnuts
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(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

What's In Season, Northern California ~ November

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November - Check out your local farmers market or any grocery store that supports local farming -- who knows what interesting/delicious things you might find.
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The following is a rough list of what I might find here in California. Eating seasonally means enjoying the ripest and freshest food at the height of its natural harvest time. It means supporting local farmers who transport their goods the shortest distance to your plate. It also means experimenting with interesting foods you might not otherwise consider adding to a meal!   

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Fruit
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•apples
•carambola
•cherimoyas
•citrus:
grapefruits
lemons
tangelos/tangerines
valencia oranges
•figs
•grapes
•guava
•pineapple
•kiwi
•green passion fruit
•peaches
•persimmons
•pomegranates
•quinces
•raspberries
•rosehips
•sapote

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Vegetables
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•artichokes
•asparagus
•basil
•beans, green
•beets
•broccoli
•brussels sprout
•cabbage
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celery
•chard
•chili pepper
•collards
•corn
•cucumber
•eggplant
•greens:
chicory
chard
kale
spinach
arugula
fava
•kohlrabi
•lettuce
•mushrooms
•mustard
•okra
•onion
•peas, black-eyed
•peppers
•potatoes
•squash, summer squash
•winter tomatillos
•tomatoes
•turnips
•yams
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's In Season - October

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October ~ Northern California
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Fruit

•apples
•avocados
•citrus: grapefruits, lemons, tangelos, tangerines, valencia oranges
•grapes
•guava
•pineapple
•kiwi
•green passion fruit
•peaches
•pears, asian
•peas, black-eyed
•peppers
•persimmons
•pomegranates
•raspberries
sapote
•strawberries
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•asparagus
•basil
•beans, green
•beets
•broccoli
brussels sprout
•cabbage
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celery
•chard
cherimoyas
•chili pepper
•collards
•corn
•cucumber
•eggplant
•kale
•kohlrabi
•lettuce
•mushroom
•mustard
•okra
•onion, dry onion
•potatoes
•spinach
•squash, summer
•squash,winter
tomatillos
•tomatoes
•turnips
•yams
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Why buy local? LOCALLY GROWN FOOD TASTES BETTER!!
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Food grown in your own community was probably picked within the past day or two. It's crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor. Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles. In a week-long (or more) delay from harvest to dinner table, sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink, and produce loses its vitality.
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Monday, September 1, 2014

What's In Season - September & Northward Bound

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Northern California (soon to be beautiful Seattle, Washington)

Packing and getting things ready for our move to Seattle. Exhausted but happy!! With autumn (my favorite season) just around the corner I am enjoying all the wonderful bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are available. I hope all my favorite bloggy friends are well and happy!! 
P.S. More about the move soon. 
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Fruit and Nuts
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•almonds
•apples
•asian pears
•avocado
•blackberries
•dates
•figs
•grapefruit
•grapes
•guava
•jujubes
•lemons
•melons
•nectarines
•oranges
•peaches
•pears
•persimmons
•pistachios
•plums
•pluots
•pomegranates
•quince
•raspberries
•rhubarb
•strawberries
•tomatillos
•tomatoes
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Vegetables
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•artichoke
•arugula
•asian beans
•avocado
•basil
•beans
•beets
•boy choy
•broccoli
•brussels sprouts
•burdock
•cabbage
•cactus pads
•cardoons
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celery
•chard
•collards
•corn
•cress cucumbers
•eggplant
•fennel
•garlic
•horseradish
•kale
•leeks
•lettuce
•mushrooms
•mustard
•okra
•olives
•onions
•peas
•peppers
•potatoes
•purslane
•radicchio
•radish
•rapini
•rhubarb
•rutabaga
•salsify
•scallions
•shallots
•spinach
•squash, summer
•sunchokes
•sweet Potatoes
•tomatillos
•tomatoes
•turnips
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(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)
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Friday, August 1, 2014

What's In Season - August

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August (Northern California)
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Local seasonal foods are tastier, fresher and more nutritious. Why? It’s because the produce has been harvested in the last few days and has only traveled a short distance to market. This means less packaging, processing and refrigeration. All good for the environment and your health.
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Vegetables
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•arugula
•basil
•beans
•beets
•corn
•cucumbers
•eggplant
•fennel
•okra
•peppers
•sorrel
•summer squash
•tomatoes
•carrots
•potatoes
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Fruits
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•dates
•figs
•grapes
•mangoes
•melons
•nectarines
•apples
•apricots
•blueberries
•peaches
•plums
•raspberries
•watermelon
•Valencia oranges
•avocados
•boysenberries
•blackberries
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(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What's In Season - July {Northern California}

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July - Northern California
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P.S. Check out Epicurious' Peak Season Map to find out "what's in season" in your area!
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Vegetables
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• basil
• beans, green
• corn
• cucumber
• garlic
• eggplant
• okra
• greens: kale
• lettuces
• onions, red
• onions, sweet
• peppers, sweet/bell
• potatoes
• squash, summer
• tomatoes
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Fruits
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• berries
• currants
• gooseberries
• cherries
• figs
• grapes
• limes
• melons
• nectarines
• oranges
• peaches
• pears
• pineapple
• plums
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(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

What's In Season ~ Northern California in June + Lovely Cherries

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(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)
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Cherry History
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The cherry is one of the world's oldest cultivated fruits, along with its cousin, the apricot. Cultivation dates back to 300 B.C. and its lineage dates back even farther. The common cherry tree, Prunus avium, is native to the temperate areas of eastern Europe and western Asia and is part of the Rose family. Its name comes originally from the Greek, and in Latin means of or for the birds, due to the birds' obvious love of the fruit. The English word cherry originates from the Assyrian karsu and Greek kerasos. The tree was beloved by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans both for its beautiful flowers and its versatile fruit. Although a different species of cherry was already strongly established in America by the time the first colonists arrived, the new settlers brought along their favorite European variety and eventually cross-bred the two. Today, 90 percent of the commercial cherry crop is grown in the U.S., mostly in Michigan, California, Oregon and Washington. The most popular variety is the Bing cherry, which was developed by Seth Luelling od Milwaukie, Oregon in 1875. It was allegedly named for his Manchurian foreman. There are now thousands of varieties of cherries and most are still picked by hand.
(Info Courtesy of About.com)
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Vegetables

•artichokes
•arugula
•asian greens
•asparagus
•avocados
•basil
•beans
•beets
•bok choy
•broccoli
•cabbage
•cactus Pads
•cardoons
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celery
•chard
•collards
•corn
•cress
•cucumbers
•endive
•fava beans
•fennel
•garlic
•green garlic
•herbs
•horseradish
•kale
•kohlrabi
•leeks
•lettuces
•mushrooms
•nettles
•mustard
•olives
•peas
•purslane
•radicchio
•radish
•rapini
•rhubarb
•scallions
•shallots
•spinach
squash, summer
•tomatillos
•tomatoes
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Fruit and Nuts
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•apricots
•apriums
•avocados
•blackberries
•blueberries
•boysenberries
•cactus Pears
•cherries
•dried fruit
•figs
•lemons
•loquats
•melons
•nectarines
•oranges
•peaches
•plums
•pluots
•raspberries
•rhubarb
•strawberries
•tayberries
•tomatillos
•tomatoes
•walnuts
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P.S. Check out the NRDC and find out what's locally fresh in your area!!!
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

What's In Season May + Yummy Blueberries

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Northern California ~
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Interesting Fact: Of the hundreds of crops grown in the United States today, very few commonly eaten fruits are native to our soils.
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Blueberries and Antioxidant Activity
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* Antioxidants are thought to help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals and the chronic diseases associated with aging. Blueberries contain 14 mg of Vitamin C and 0.8 mg Vitamin E per 1 cup of blueberries. The Research Center on Aging (Boston, MA) says that, blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity.Yay, blueberries!!
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•artichokes
•arugula
•asian greens
•asparagus
•avocados
•basil
•beans
•beets
•bok choy
•broccoli
•cactus pads
•cabbage
•cardoons
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celery
•chard
•cucumbers
•dandelion/chicory
•eggplant
•endive
•fava beans
•fennel
•garlic
•herbs
•horseradish
•kale
•kohlrabi
•leeks
•lettuces
•mushrooms
•mustard
•nettles
•onions
•peas
•peppers (bell and chili)
•potatoes
•purslane
•radicchio
•radish
•rapini
•rhubarb
•scallions
•shallots
•spinach
•summer squash
•tomatoes
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Fruits and Nuts
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•avocados
•apricots
•apriums
•blackberries
•blueberries 
•boysenberries
•cactus pears
•cherries
•dried fruit
•lemons
•loquats
•nectarines
•oranges
•persimmons
•peaches
•plums
•pluots
•raspberries
•rhubarb
•strawberries
•tomatoes
•walnuts
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* Above Information Courtesy of Highbush Blueberry Council
__Photos courtesy of Jupiter Images

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What's In Season - April Carrots

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Northern California
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Carrots - available in white, purple and gold, in addition to orange. High in beta-carotene, which is converted in the body to Vitamin A.
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Tip - Store carrots away from apples or pears because they release ethylene gas, which can turn carrots bitter.
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Recipe - Yummy Roasted Carrots
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Ingredients
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12 carrots
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill or parsley
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Directions
_Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
_If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise; if not, leave whole. Slice the carrots diagonally in 1 1/2-inch-thick slices. (The carrots will shrink while cooking so make the slices big.) Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a sheet pan in 1 layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until browned and tender.
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Toss the carrots with minced dill or parsley, season to taste, and serve.
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Vegetables
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• artichokes
• arugula
• asian greens
• asparagus
• avocado
• beans
• beets
• bok choy
• broccoli
• cabbage
• cardoons
• carrots
• cauliflower
• celery
• chard
• collards
• dandelion
• endive
• fava beans
• fennel
• garlic
• herbs
• horseradish
• kale
• kohlrabi
• leeks
• lettuces
• mushrooms
• nettles
• onions
• parsnips
• peas
• peppers
• potatoes
• purslane
• radicchio
• radish
• rapini
• rhubarb
• rutabaga
• scallions
• spinach
• turnips
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Fruits
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• avocados
• apriums
• cherimoyas
• cherries
• dried fruit
• grapefruit
• guavas
• kumquats
• lemons
• limes
• mandarins
• oranges
• rhubarb
• strawberries
• tangerines
• walnuts
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Images Courtesy Of Jupiter Images

Saturday, March 1, 2014

What's In Season - March + Kiwi Facts

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Northern California
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Kiwi, what a wonderful fruit!! Much like apples and pears, which are available from cold storage well into spring, kiwis are a nice alternative to imported fruit during the winter months. What we now call kiwi or kiwifruit was long referred to as "Chinese gooseberry" in New Zealand, where the fruit flourished after being brought from China early in the last century. In the 1960s, when the then-exotic fruit was introduced in California, it was dubbed the kiwi after the national bird of New Zealand.
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Is Organic Healthier?
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As the debate rages on about whether organically grown food is better for us than the "conventional" produce we have become used to, a new study sides firmly with organic. Scientists found that some organic food is more healthy after tests on kiwi fruit grown by both methods.The American researchers discovered that organically grown kiwis had significantly higher levels of vitamin C and polyphenols - compounds associated with health benefits including reducing cholesterol, improving circulation and preventing cancer. I'm not surprised - just one more reason to go with organic -- when you can!! xx's 
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Vegetables
_•artichokes
•arugula
•asian greens
•asparagus
•avocados
•beans
•beets
•bok choy
•broccoli
•brussels sprouts
•cabbage
•cardoons
•carrots
•cauliflower
•chard
•collards
•cress
•dandelion/chicory
•endive
•fennel
•garlic
•gourds
•herbs
•horseradish
•kale
•leeks
•lettuces
•mushrooms
•nettles
•onions
•parsnips
•potatoes
•radish
•rapini
•rutabaga
•scallions
•spinach
•sunchokes
•turnips
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Fruits and Nuts
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•avocados
•cherimoyas
•dried fruit
•grapefruit
•guavas
•kiwi
•kumquats
•lemons
•limes
•mandarins
•oranges
•pears
•persimmons
•pomelos
•tangerines
•walnuts
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