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How to process eggplants and summer squash for freezing

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

According the University of Illinois Extension

To freeze eggplants:

  1. Wash, peel if desired, and slice 1/3-inch thick. Prepare quickly, enough eggplant for one blanching at a time.
  2. Water blanch, covered for  Read More
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tell me about FAVA beansthanks

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Fava beans are a species of bean native to north Africa and southwest Asia, and extensively cultivated elsewhere. Fava beans are low in fat, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, an excellent source of  Read More

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Can I buy dried arugula, to use as a seasoning?

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Dried arugula is often used as a dried basil substitute. It may be difficult to find in your local grocery stores or markets. Try fresh arugula in our Ensalada de Caute Avocado con Vinagreta de Mango y Cumin recipe!

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are the following fruits or vegetables tomatoes,cucumbers, peppers,watermelons cantalope melons,

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Botanically, all of these are fruits of the plant.  However, this is how we group them in food groups:

Tomato: vegetable

Cucumber: vegetable

Peppers: vegetable

Watermelon: Fruit

Cantaloupe: Fruit

 

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Hi,I would like a recipe for Peter Pan zuccini. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

We do not have an exact recipe that uses peter pan zucchini, however this type of zucchini can be used in any of our healthy recipes that call for zucchini or summer squash. Try this zucchini with our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Zucchini ideas!

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Why is the inside of a freshly cut open pear, brown before the air can even get to it ? Straight from the tree, hand picked,cut open and brown

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

They may have been overripe. When pears are past their peak they start turning brown and soften from the core outward. Such pears aren’t actually spoiled, the flesh is just breaking down as a normal process  Read More

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Should I shop @ a supermarket before finding out if they have organic products and if I can’t afford transportation costs to the supermarket is their an alternative to still getting a good and healthy food products?

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Organic fruits and vegetables have not been proven to be more nutritious for you than traditionally harvested fruits and vegetables. Some have expressed concern that pesticide residues on fruits and  Read More

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Your article about potatoes mentions that potatoes need to be prepared properly in order to keep them as healthy as they actually are. It does not mention abnything about baking potatoes. I like to chop potatoes up in slices and bake them, to make a sort of baked french fry. Is this considered healthy, if the portion size is contained to one potato?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Baking any fruit or vegetable, as long as high fat or calorie ingredients are used minimally (i.e. butter, sugar, etc.), is a healthy way to prepare them. See our Top 10 Healthy Ways to Cook Fruits & Vegetables list and for healthy preparation ideas.
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Trying to find water content in cantalope, watermelon, peaches and other summer fruit for my mother. She is on strict sodium diet and has to watch fluid in take. If you could help me I’d appreciate it greatly.

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Your mother should consult a dietitian and her physician about specific fluid and sodium recommendations. According the American Dietetic Association, 1 medium peach contains 133 ml of water and 1 cup of  Read More
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if produce isn’t on the chilled counters, does that mean they’re best stored at room temp?

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Visit our Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Database for all of you selection and storage questions.
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