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From late June through mid-July expect to find affordable and great tasting Organic Blueberries. There are several major growing regions where organic growers are now harvesting their prime crop the next several weeks: New Jersey, Oregon, Washington. Most of this fruit will be sold in 6oz and 1 pint (11oz) containers in the produce department, and you may also come across specials on big packs too.
- Select fresh Blueberries by inspecting the top and bottom of the package to avoid shriveled, smashed-together or wet berries.
- Look for packs free from light purple or green berries. Those are immature and will taste sour.
- Store the fruit cold in the fridge, try to use in within a few days of purchase.
- Wait to wash them until just before using.
- A dynamic collection of Blueberry recipe ideas can be found here.
Freezing: Want to capture the best pricing and best tasting fruit for later? Freeze peak season Blueberries right in the package you bought them in. Be sure they’re completely dry (you can rinse them before use later), place the pack(s) right into a reseal-able plastic bag and freeze. They keep well in the freezer for up to six months and are a convenient way to have healthy, peak season flavor Blueberries handy for baking or to use in smoothies and shakes later in the year.
Bloom: “What’s that white stuff on the Blueberries?” It’s not a chemical or man-made powder, it’s called Bloom. I seek out Blueberries with the silver, powdery “bloom” on them. Bloom is a naturally occurring wax that forms a protective layer on the fruit while it is growing and is a tell-tale sign of freshness!
Peak Season Best Flavor
Fresh Apricots with their velvety-fuzzed skins are prized for their distinctive tasting orange flesh that ranges from slightly tangy to richly sweet. Apricots have a texture that is slightly less juicy than a plum, but the rich flavor always intensifies when baked or dehydrated. When Apricots are running sweet, I love ‘em as a satisfying, high fiber snack.
- Select Apricots without cuts, punctures or large bruises. The fruit should be free from green color (a sign of under-ripe) and wrinkled skin (a sign of over-ripe).
- Red blush on the skin varies from variety to variety. Apricots do not get redder after being picked.
- Store fresh Apricots in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them. Be gentle! It is a tender fruit.
- If you want the fruit a little softer, set your Apricots on the counter for a day or two at room temperature.
- Here are some delicious-looking Apricot recipes to explore.
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Recipes: Raw Broccoli rules, but here are some delicious recipes to inspire you:
- Grilled Balsamic Marinated Broccoli
- Easy Roasted Broccoli
- Sesame-Ginger Broccoli Soup
- Steamed Broccoli with Lemon
- Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
- Select Broccoli that has tight beads on the crown, is firm and has fresh, green cut ends.
- Avoid Broccoli that has a strong odor or is flabby and limp.
Select Broccoli that has tight beads on the crown, is firm and has fresh, green cut ends.
Organic Green Seedless Grapes
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- Frozen Grapes. Wash, remove from the stem, then freeze the fresh Grapes for snack your school-age kids (and you) will love to chill out with. “In Summer!” [insert Olaf reference for your kids here]
- Candied Grapes. Turn your Green Grapes into a version of Sour Patch Kids!
- Recipes with Green Grapes? Search Pinterest here for some visual inspiration.
- Look for Grapes with stems that are still green at the thickest parts and have most of the fruit still attached to the vines.
- Lift up the bag or container and look at it from all sides. Avoid bags that are wet and sticky – a sign that some of the Grapes are going bad – or have berries with splits or cracks.
- Select Grapes that feel firm to a gentle squeeze. Firm Grapes are crunchy Grapes!
- Keep your Grapes refrigerated until you’re about ready to eat them, since they lose their crunch much quicker at room temperature.
- Wash Grapes with a cold water rinse just before serving them.