Organic Picks of the Week 05/28/12

Best if Used By 06/04/12

Organic Picks of the week for May 28th, 2012 features
Blueberries, Leaf Lettuce, Radishes, Raspberries and Fava Beans

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.

Organic Blueberries

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR | VALUE PRICED

Blueberry bonanza! Organic Blueberries are in peak season from North Carolina and California this month. Expect plump, tasty and sweet berries at reasonable prices in 6oz and full pint containers! Whether you’re a fan of Blueberries for health or flavor reasons – it’s your time to revel! I love them from hand to mouth, but these recipes look fun too!

Kids can’t keep their hands off peak season Organic Blueberries!

Organic Leaf Lettuce

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR | VALUE PRICED

Fresh, vibrantly colored – burgundy and green – Organic Red Leaf and Green Leaf Lettuces are great for starting salads and even better for topping burgers and sandwiches because the large leaves pull apart easily from the head. One of my simple-pleasure favorites is to pile Leaf Lettuce about an inch high on thick-cut wheat bread slathered with Dijon Mustard. The mild-flavored broad leaves are tender enough to be foldable yet crisp enough feel freshly crisp to the bite when stacked.

Organic Leaf Lettuce from the East & West Coasts at peak in late May, early June.

Organic Leaf Lettuces are in peak season right now and coming from multiple growing regions. California has plentiful harvests this month, plus regional organic farms in Georgia, North Carolina and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are now picking their Organic Red Leaf and Green Leaf Lettuces. Salad time!

Organic Radishes

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR

Spring is Radish time! Vibrant color, bold, fresh flavor; Radishes add zest and crunch to your veggie trays and salads. Slicing them thinly lessens the peppery impact, yet keeps your salad lively. Here at the end of May, bunched Organic Radishes with their tops still on are in peak season from small organic farms in the East Coast and from larger farms in California. Here are some delectable recipes to feature Organic Radishes.

Crisp, Peppery Organic Radishes for your salads!

Organic Raspberries

BEST FLAVOR | PEAK SEASON | VALUE PRICED

Peak season for luscious Organic Red Raspberries from California is here! June will be a great month to enjoy excellent tasting berries at better than usual prices. Juicy, sweet and just a little tangy, Organic Raspberries are fantastic on salads, cereal, yogurt and are wonderful in desserts. Here are some healthy recipes to consider.

Organic Raspberries – a fan favorite in peak season now!

Even on sale, Red Raspberries are not exactly cheap – so protect your healthy investment in flavor. Always keep Raspberries refrigerated. A Raspberry is a delicate fruit – wait to wash them until just before use. When shopping for a Raspberries, inspect the package from all sides to be sure there’s no mold, wet spots, black spots or smashed and clumped berries. And the best advice is: when you find a nice Raspberry pack enjoy it quickly – fresh is best. Besides, when they’re tasting great, why would you want them to get old in the fridge. Go fresh!

Organic Fava Beans

PEAK SEASON

Similar to Lima Beans, Fava Beans light green, meaty and flavorful beans that must be shelled from a pod. The Fava Bean pod is longer, bigger and looser than a Lima’s. When blanched for salads or lightly boiled for a side dish, Fava Beans are one of late spring’s vegetable treasures. Fava Beans are commonly used in Spanish and Italian cooking. Here are some recipes to try out. Fresh Organic Fava Beans sold in the pod are in peak season right now from California… and I’m assuming so is a nice Chianti.

Yes, you’ll need to shell them, but they’ll taste that much more rewarding.

Buy Smart. Shop Healthy. Live Organic.

The Produce Geek, Jonathan K. Steffy

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