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Pears How-to and Varieties

When is a pear ripe? Which ones change color? What is the difference between the varieties – Anjou, Red Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice? Jon Steffy talks pears how-to for fall and winter enjoyment.

Pomegranate How-To

November is peak season for fresh Pomegranates from California! Check out some how-to for opening the fruit and removing the delicious arils.

APPLE TASTE TEST: Lucy Rose (red-flesh!), SugarBee, SnapDragon, Envy

There are so many new apple varieties to try! So many, that it may be helpful to know what to expect. Jon taste tests four varieties that are in season starting in late October: red-fleshed and sweet “Lucy Rose”, “SugarBee” and “SnapDragon” with Honeycrisp parentage, and “Envy” – what Red Delicious wishes it was. Find something you like? Share it with a friend!

Carnival Grapes like Cotton Candy? Fuyu Persimmons to Eat Right Away!

Fall and winter is peak season for Brussels Sprouts. This veggie used to get a bad rap for being stinky and mushy, BUT fresh Brussels Sprouts prepared correctly – HIGH HEAT + SHORT COOKING TIME create a delicious eating experience. Jon talks Brussels Sprouts and taste-tests some imported Blueberries too.

Fall Brussels Sprouts How-to, and Blueberry Taste Comparisons!

Fall and winter is peak season for Brussels Sprouts. This veggie used to get a bad rap for being stinky and mushy, BUT fresh Brussels Sprouts prepared correctly – HIGH HEAT + SHORT COOKING TIME create a delicious eating experience. Jon talks Brussels Sprouts and taste-tests, and you can review here the multitude of health benefits this nutrient-rich ingredient provides.

Why’s it called Spaghetti Squash? Plus, Fall Fingerling Potatoes!

Spaghetti Squash is in peak season for fall! Jon has some how-to tips for preparation on this noodle-flesh veggie. Check out the roasted Fingerling Potato recipe idea too.

Honeynut vs. Butternut Squash, Plus Snack-able Kiwi Berries!

Butternut is the most popular squash, but what if it was bred for best flavor? Enter Honeynut Squash. Organic and conventional Hard Squashes are in peak season for late summer and fall. Kiwi Berries are also in peak season for September and October. Plus, Jon taste-tests a rose-fleshed Pink Pearl Apple.

Discover Caulilini (Baby Cauliflower); September Starkrimson Pears & Gala Apples!

There’s a new veggie out there called Caulilini – it’s a baby cauliflower! Get the scoop. Plus, Jon taste tests Gala Apples and Red Starkrimson Pears in September.

September TASTE TEST: SweeTango Apples, Delicata Squash, Magenta Dragon Fruit!

Taste test: If you are a fan of outstanding texture and flavor in your apples, you may want to seek out SweeTango Apples this September and October. Did you know that Delicata Squash, unlike other hard squash varieties, can be eaten with the skins still on? USA grown Dragon Fruit is in season for the fall.

Honeycrisp vs. Rave Apple Taste-test, Plus Best Honeydew of the Year!

Great textured apples are back for September enjoyment! Jon taste-tests PA Honeycrisp versus WA Organic Honeycrisp versus Washington Rave Apples. Honeydew really is the “money-melon” during late summer and Cauliflower is in season.

Peak season Organic Grapes! And, do You Dig the FIG?

Late August through September will be the best time of the year for Organic Grapes from California. Also, Bartlett Pears and Fresh Figs are in peak season.

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For years friends and family who know I work in fresh produce wholesaling have asked me, “Hey, Jon, what’s good right now?” I always loved answering that question and trying to help whomever is listening with some insider tips about what to look for at their local produce department. These tips were derived from talking to growers, produce buyers, supermarket chains and produce inspectors, not to mention seeing truckloads of produce arrive from all of the world. And sampling – lots of sampling! What started as a quick email to friends during my time working at Salesforce has grown into an e-newsletter, website and more.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables at their peak season taste better, cost less, and can help pave the way towards an improved lifestyle. – Jonathan Steffy & Justin Reber

Fresh fruits and vegetables can help us live and feel better. Americans need more fresh, whole foods in their diets and less processed foods. But will it taste good? Will my kids like it? How do I choose a good one? When is it ripe? How do I prepare it? With some simple answers to these questions you can enjoy more good, healthy food. There is so much wonderful variety and so many flavors to explore!

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