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Is there a medical reason not to eat fruit after dinner?

Thursday, September 8th, 2016


Q. My doctor told me not to eat fruit at night. From 5 pm on. Why is this?


A. All fruits contain carbohydrates and people diagnosed with diabetes may have tighter controls around  Read More


Are resources available to obtain free or low discount fruit and vegetables?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016


Q. hi i have an eight year old with a blood disorder G6PD DEFFICIENCY we both are obese. i try to to maintain healthy eating but its hard when  Read More


What is the process for freezing peaches?

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016


Q. How do you freeze peaches?


A. Freezing peaches is a great way to preserve a little bit of summer to enjoy in the cooler months. Check out this How To Freeze Fruits guide for info.  Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Peaches






Are olives categorized as a fruit?

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Q. Do we consider olives a fruit since they have seeds?


A. If you ask a botanist or a plant scientist, olives are a fruit because they contain a seed and develop from the plant’s  Read More


What is the shelf-life of frozen tomatoes?

Monday, August 29th, 2016


Q. I have so many fresh tomatoes from my garden, I cooked them down and froze them to use in soups at a later date. When I use them in my soups, I plan to make a batch and freeze. Does it  Read More


What is the process for freezing yellow squash?

Saturday, August 27th, 2016


Q. Can you freeze yellow squash. If so, how


A. Yellow squash or summer squash can be frozen but must be blanched prior to freezing to inactivate naturally occurring enzymes to prevent  Read More


What is the daily recommendation for vegetable intake?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016


Q. Can I be eating to many vegetables? Trying to cut back on meat. vegetable are steamed or grilled.


A. This is an excellent question and I’m thrilled you plan to increase your  Read More


Does the pluot fruit have acid?

Sunday, August 21st, 2016


Q. Does the fruit PULOTS have any acid?


A. The pluot fruit is a cross between a plum and apricot.  Sometimes these are also called plumcots or apriplums. They are sweet, low-acid fruits and contain fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.




Is there a way to soften very firm peaches?

Saturday, August 20th, 2016


Q. Is there a way to soften very firm peaches?


A. Yes, hard peaches soften or ripen from the natural release of ethylene gas. Placing peaches in a paper bag or perforated plastic bag will  Read More


Are Crenshaw melon skins or rinds edible?

Saturday, August 20th, 2016


Q. Is the skin on Crenshaw melons eatable??


A. Crenshaw melons are a cross between cantaloupe and casaba melons. Unlike cantaloupe, the skin texture is similar to that of  Read More

The Expert: Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka, a mother of two and a registered dietitian, shares years of experience in getting people to eat more fruits and veggies.
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