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Wild Twist Apples Born of Two Favorites

TASTE TEST! We love trying new fruit varieties on ProduceGeek.com so you know what to expect. The new “Wild Twist” Apple (formerly called Sweet Cheeks) from the 2019 late fall harvest is now being released at select stores for it’s January-February peak season. Wild Twist has Cripps Pink/Pink Lady and Honeycrisp parentage giving it a crispy texture and a sweet flavor we think you’ll love.

Can’t find Wild Twist Apples? Tart-sweet and firm-textured Pink Lady (non-branded as Cripps Pink) Apples continue in peak season and are a trusty apple choice ideal for snacking, salads and baking during the winter months.

Red-flesh Mandarins?

What is a red fleshed Mandarin? Get the scoop on the new juicy-sweet, seedless, easy-peeler “MandaRosa” Red Mandarin.

What’s a KUMQUAT?

Kumquats are the smallest of all citrus fruit – and remind Jon of a certain candy. Kumquat how-to and what they’re like in this video, along with information on Mango Valencia Oranges and Honey Tangerines. February is Citrus Season!

JUICI Apples & 3 more Winter Releases TASTE TEST

At ProduceGeek.com we love taste-testing new fruit varieties to help you learn what you might like. Jon Steffy reviews four premium, winter-release apple varieties: Washington grown Cosmic Crisp and Juici, and New York grown Evercrisp and Ruby Frost. Several of these have Honeycrisp parentage.

SUMO Citrus TASTE TEST

SUMO Citrus is huge in size, sweetness and flavor; and they’re easy to peel! Jon Steffy taste-tests the first of the 2020 crop of SUMO Citrus (aka SUMO Mandarins, aka SUMO Oranges). Also, if you just want a really good orange, get the scoop on Heirloom Navel Oranges, also in peak season for mid-January through early April.

Best Grapefruit of the Year; Juicy, tangy-sweet Minneola Tangelos

January into March is the best time of the year to enjoy fresh Grapefruit from Texas, Florida, and California because that’s when the crop is at its best – sweetest, juiciest and most flavorful. Jon Steffy, The Produce Geek, taste tests from three origins and gives some tips. Another great citrus item in the winter months to enjoy is the Minneola Tangelo. Get the scoop on this super-juicy, tangy-sweet Tangerine with some Grapefruit parentage.

Oranges NOT orange inside? Cara Cara and Blood Orange Taste-test.

Winter is peak season for California Citrus including the pink-flesh Cara Cara Orange and the streaked-red to maroon-flesh Blood Orange. Get the scoop on these two delicious and unique seedless orange varieties as Jon Steffy shares about the flavor plus some how-to tips.

Hass Avocados in December?

Hass Avocados from Mexico are tasting great in December. The Produce Geek, Jon Steffy, gives some Avocado Tips and How-to.

Meyer Lemon vs Regular Lemons, Navel Orange Season

Meyer Lemons are known as the ultimate Culinary Lemon. Jon Steffy tastes tests Meyers versus regular Lemons, and talks about peak season for bright and sweet California Navel Oranges.

NEW Cosmic Crisp Apples, and Opal Apple Taste Test

There’s another new Apple to try – Cosmic Crisp – and growers are really ramping up for a big future for the variety. Jon Steffy taste-tests the Cosmic Crisp with Honeycrisp parentage and the Opal which is naturally slow to brown when cut.

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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 Four Seasons Produce 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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