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Posts from the ‘Fruits’ Category

31
Mar

The Kiwiberry

The kiwiberry is the ultimate popper.

Kiwiberries arrived in grocery stores this week so grab a half pint container while you can.  If you’ve never heard of a kiwiberry, then you’re not alone.

Relatively new to the US, a kiwiberry is a small green fruit (about the size of a cherry tomato or a large green olive) with a smooth (no fuzz) edible skin and a concentrated very sweet kiwi flavor that will have you popping them in your mouth as fast as you can chew them (which is really fast).  Because of their size, the kiwiberry can be eaten like a grape but the little green fruits can also be cut in half or quartered and added to a fruit salad. Read more »

13
Jan

Blackberries: They Finally Got The Memo

I love berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, anything with an “eerie” in it.  ~Jordin Sparks

Anyone who tastes a sun-kissed berry picked at the peak of ripeness doesn’t want to settle for that once a year fix (i.e. raspberries in July, blueberries in August, etc) so growers had to figure out a way to give consumers the most popular berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries – throughout the year.

In the early days, berries looked just like their summer counterparts but lacked flavor and sweetness so growers went back to the drawing board and figured out which varieties were not only hearty but flavorful so that berry lovers can enjoy a bowl of fresh berries every month of the year. Read more »

10
Dec

10 Gifts for the Busy Mom

I hear you. Raising kids and running a house keep me busy, too.  I also have this little gig on the side called a full time job.

Finding just the right gift for the busy mom can be a challenge. Most moms usually have three things on their minds –  family, work, and dinner – so the idea is how to make these three super important parts of her life easier and a bit more relaxing.  With that in mind, here are ten gift ideas for the busy mom who doesn’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done: Read more »

5
Nov

FIKA Raspberry

FIKA Raspberry is what most people would describe as “raspberry jam” although the word “jam” is not on the label (which may be because the FDA defines how the words “jam,” “jelly,” “preserves,” and “spread” can be used on labels in the detailed Code of Federal Regulation Title 21).

Made in small batches in Tribeca in New York City, FIKA Raspberry contains exactly three ingredients:  raspberries, sugar, and lemon; and tastes absolutely fruity scrumptious. Read more »

6
Oct

Nature Addicts Fruit Sticks

Fruit Rollups have a special place in our hearts because back in the 1980’s when these sweet, chewy “fruit” treats hit supermarket shelves, there was nothing else like them. The only problem was that most of these “fruity snacks” contained very little fruit and a lot of undesirable ingredients including corn syrup, artificial flavors and colors, and additives with long names like acetylated monoglycerides (an emulsifier).

Flash forward a few decades and we now have healthier choices made with non-GMO fruit, fruit, and more fruit by Nature Addicts, a company that began in Belgium and whose products are now offered throughout Europe and North America. Read more »

6
Sep

Shiloh Farms Datelet Nut Rolls

Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.       ~Michael Pollan

Craving something sweet without added sugar or sweeteners? Shiloh Farms Datelet Nut Rolls – non-GMO all natural ground Deglet Noor dates rolled in shredded unsweetened coconut and then topped with a single California almond – are the answer.

A trio of flavors and textures that complement each other and make for one delicious snack, Shiloh Farms Datelet Nut Rolls are sweet, chewy, and crunchy which makes them one satisfying treat. No added sugar, flavors, or preservatives; just 3 natural ingredients that your great-great grandmother would recognize: dates, coconut, and almonds. Read more »

13
Aug

3 Easy Steps to Make a Fruit Berry Coulis

Coulis is just a fancy word for “sauce” made primarily from fruit (or vegetables). In the summertime when farmer’s markets and grocery shelves are overflowing with fresh produce, consider making a fruit berry coulis to use as a side sauce for desserts, to top your favorite ice cream, or as part of a parfait. Read more »

22
Jul

Blueberry Crisp

This is a blueberry crisp for those who don’t want a lot of added sugar in their desserts and prefer the sweet taste of ripe berries with a whole grain crunchy topping.

Fresh summer blueberries have a distinctly sweeter flavor than the year-round blueberries available in most grocery stores which makes them an ideal ingredient to use in a fruit crisp: plump whole blueberries baked with a crunchy, oat topping.

When fruit is naturally sweet, very little sugar is needed to make a summer crisp, which makes for a healthier dessert but do taste the blueberries first because you can’t determine the sweetness by looking at them. If there is no tanginess to them, use the lower amount of sugar (2 tablespoons). For more tangy blueberries, increase the sugar to 1/4 cup. Read more »

30
Jun

Angelcots®

Mother Nature’s juiciest apricot.

Angelcots® are a new variety of apricots that are juicier, sweeter, and more flavorful than the traditional apricot.   Grown in northern California, Angelcots® are an early season variety available from the end of June through July.  What sets this new kid on the block apart from other apricots is the sugar content, which is 18-24% compared to regular apricots that have 12-14%, and a juicy texture that makes them positively addicting. Read more »

28
Jun

Apricot Apple Crisp

When sweet, golden orange apricots start appearing at farmer’s markets and in supermarkets, it’s time to put away the dried apricots and take advantage of one of nature’s sweetest delicacies. Fragrant, juicy, and delicious, the apricot can be enjoyed fresh or in a summer crisp paired with apples.  The combination of textures and flavors – soft, sweet, delicate apricots and firm, tangy apples with a crunchy whole grain oat topping – make for a perfect summer dessert. Read more »