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What is the calcium content of fruit and vegetables, specifically those with very low calcium?

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Q. Can you provide me a list of foods that have very low calcium?


A. Fruits and vegetables are chock-full of vitamins and minerals including calcium – an  Read More


Does Produce for Better Health (PBH) have learning materials about fruit?

Thursday, August 4th, 2016
Q. We would like to order the PBH publication entitled, Fruits.

A. Thank you for your interest in our educational materials. Our publication titled “Fruits”  Read More

When can I harvest muscadine grapes for winemaking?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Q. How long can I keep muscidian before processing them for wine?


A. Muscadine grapes are native to the southeastern United States. There are over 100 cultivars or types and  Read More


How do I select fresh fruits at the grocery store?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Q. I live in Southern California. I can’t find any fruit that isn’t under-ripened and hard as a rock. When I purchase them and ripen them at home, they lose their juice and they  Read More


How do I recognize organic produce at the grocery store?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Q. How do I know that the produce at my store is in fact organic? Other than the signage and the stickers. Thank you.


A. Organic varieties of all different forms  Read More


Why do my vegetable flowers bloom then fall off with no harvest?

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016


Q. We planted Kentucky Wonder beans, crock neck squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes this spring. We have beautiful plants, they are green big and healthy but they are not  Read More


How do I remove dirt and pesticides from my produce?

Friday, July 22nd, 2016


Q. As a child I was bummed that when I went to help my parents out by washing their car, I learned I actually had to rub every inch of the car, or the film of dirt  Read More


Do you have fruit smoothie or infused water tips and recipes?

Monday, July 18th, 2016


Q. When making fruit smoothies, how do we know what fruits pair well together? Do you have a list?


A. Smoothies are an excellent way to add fruits and  Read More


What fruits are high in arsenic?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Q. What fruits are high in arsenic?


A. Arsenic is a naturally occurring element found in the air, soil, and water. Since all crops (fruits, vegetables, grains, rice) are dependent  Read More


How many calories are in the DASH diet?

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Q. How many calories are in Stop?


A. I’m not sure what you mean but if you mean how many calories are in Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, the calories are dependent on  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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