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How much is a cup of fruit or veggies because you cannot really measure them. For example, how many cups is an apple?

Monday, June 16th, 2008

The best approach is to estimate as best you can. For instance, in general one cup looks like the size of a baseball. Generally, a small to medium piece of fruit will be equal to a cup. To help estimate,  Read More

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What fruits can I eat that doesnt have potassium in it?

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Most foods, including fruits, contain some potassium. Click here for fruits and vegetables that are low in potassium.

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Does soaking raw potatoes leech the potassium out? (Or enough to make it a “low K ” veggie?)

Friday, June 6th, 2008

The following “recipe” significantly reduces the potassium in potatoes but does not eliminate it completely:

  • Peel potatoes and slice 1/8 inch thick.
  • Place in warm water. Use 10 times as much  Read More
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I used to enjoy Sunchoke….I can’t find it anywhere. Do you know where it grows and where to find it??

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes) are native to North America and have their peak season in the fall and winter. You might see them sporadically until fall. If you Google “sunchokes” you might find a source in your area. 

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Hi, I wanted to know if a serving size of raisins is 2 tablespoons or 1/4 cup.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

A serving of raisins is ¼ cup. You can find out how many cups of fruits and vegetables are recommended each day by clicking here.

 
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i was given a karobi looks like a round root vegetable and i don’t have any idea how to cook this thing but always up for challenge. Can any one help?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Kohlrabi can be eaten raw or cooked. To eat it raw, wash thoroughly then peel, slice and add to salads, slaws, or vegetable platters. To eat it cooked, you can peel, chop and add it to stir fries, soups or stews; or steam/boil until crisp or soft (your preference). Enjoy!

 
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Is broccoli bad if it starts turning yellow?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

It is getting stale when it starts tuning yellow, and has started to lose some of its nutritional value. Click here for storage and nutrition information.

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How to pick a ripe pineapple.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Pineapples available in the grocery have been picked ripe and can be used immediately. Pineapples should be plump and firm with fresh green leaves on the top. Look for a mild pineapple scent at the stem end.  Read More

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How many raspberries in California are produced in a year?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

A good resource for that information is the Economic Research Service of the USDA (www.ers.usda.gov). There is information about annual production and disappearance of different fruits and vegetables.

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How much money,in a year,is made from California Red Raspberries?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

We do not have that information at hand.

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