Organic Picks of the Week 05/07/12

Best if Used By 05/14/12

Organic Picks of the week for May 7th, 2012 features
Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes, Romaine Hearts, Cantaloupes, Sweet Mini Peppers and Curly Leaf Spinach

What is Organic Produce?

Certified Organic Produce meets a set of standards for growing, handling and labeling that is governed by the USDA’s National Organic Program. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use synthetic chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers. The terms “Natural” and “Local” are not the same as “Organic.” Learn more about Organic.

 

1. Organic Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes

BEST FLAVOR | PEAK SEASON

Color and flavor abound with Organic Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes, a medley of Cherry Tomato varieties that are grown separately in Lady Moon’s organic fields in Punta Gorda, FL then blended when packed in 1 pint containers. Each pack contains a mix – some mild yellow, full-flavored red, sweet orange and maybe even earthy brown – of Organic Tomatoes that are perfect for snacking, salads and roasting. The Organic Mix Cherry Tomato Medley continues to become more a sought after product and they’re in season now. This weekend, we enjoyed a pack for munching and the other was used for grill-roasting on skewers.

Colorful, flavorful, delightful! Organic Mix Cherry Tomato Medley for salads, snacking and roasting.

 

RECIPE: Cajun Cherry Tomatoes over Quinoa

  • Steam 2 cups of Quinoa according to package directions
  • While Quinoa is simmering add ½ teaspoon Cajun Seasoning or Rub
  • Toss 1 pint of Organic Mix Cherry Tomato Medley in bowl with 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • Season with 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning or Rub – re-toss to coat
  • Place Cherry Tomatoes on grilling skewers
  • Grill over high heat for 3-5 minutes, flipping once
  • Serve grilled tomatoes over Quinoa

Cajun Grilled Organic Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes over Quinoa.

2. Organic Romaine Hearts

VALUE PRICED | PEAK SEASON

In the spirit of National Salad Month, but still recognizing that the grill is calling you – how ‘bout a
Grilled Organic Romaine Heart salad? Crunchy and juicy Organic Romaine Hearts from California are plentiful and priced fairly this week. Or maybe this Chipotle Portabella Salad will intrigue you.

National Salad Month + Grilling in May = Grilled Organic Hearts of Romaine.

RECIPE: Easy Grilled Organic Romaine Hearts

  • Preheat grill to High
  • 2 Organic Romaine Hearts, rinsed, outer-most leaves removed
  • Lightly coat Organic Romaine Hearts with cooking spray, or brush with olive oil
  • Place Organic Romaine Hearts on grilling surface
  • Season with coarse salt and cracked pepper
  • Flip once within minutes when grill-lines are defined
  • Serve with your favorite Caesar Dressing, or crumbled cheese and Vinaigrette

3. Organic Cantaloupes

BEST FLAVOR

Do Organic Cantaloupes just taste better? Well, that is a debate for another time. But I do know that the spring crop of Organic Cantaloupes from Mexico do have a robust melon flavor and are quite sweet. Peak season is just starting, but the taste is already there. These melons are generally picked ripe so you should be able to cut them right away. I brought one home to try and ended up eating the whole lope in one sitting. (whoops!)

Tastes great! Organic Cantaloupes.

4. Organic Sweet Mini Peppers

BEST FLAVOR

Becoming a regular shopping list item at our house, flavorful Sweet Mini Peppers are easy to rinse and snack on whole. They’re also wonderful on the grill, roasted in the oven or stuffed as an appetizer. Organic Sweet Mini Peppers from Mexico are in peak season right now! Look for them in 1 pint containers.

Grilled Organic Sweet Mini Peppers.

5. Organic Curly Leaf Spinach

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR

Springtime Curly Leaf Spinach is entering peak season harvest on organic farms in Colorado. Some area stores may have local Organic Spinach available. Sold in bunches, this mature Organic Spinach with broad, yet curly leaves is often referred to as “Semi-Savoy.” Organic Semi-Savoy Spinach is popular among natural foods stores shoppers and is used in hearty salads, sandwiches, wraps, cooking and juicing. It’s not only flavorful, but loaded with vitamins and nutrients too!

Spring crop Organic Semi-Savoy Spinach from Colorado.

Garbanzos with Organic Spinach.

Buy Smart. Shop Healthy. Live Organic.

The Produce Geek, Jonathan K. Steffy
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