Organic Picks of the Week 06/25/12

Best if Used By 07/02/12

Organic Picks of the week for June 25th, 2012 features
Strawberries, White Peaches, Celery Hearts,
Tomatoes On-the-Vine and Cantaloupe

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 Strawberries


It is easy for you and your family to churn through lots of fresh Organic Strawberries from California when the peak season fruit not only tastes good, but is frequently on sale like it is here in late June and early July. My kids practically beg for Strawberries as an everyday snack lately, a request I’m happy to accommodate as an alternative to less healthy stuff. No sugar added!

Curious about some new inspirations for using fresh Strawberries? I’ve found some here.

Highly snackable. Peak season Organic Strawberries.

Organic White Peaches


Wish you could eat a peach when it was hard and crunchy or soft and juicy, and still be able to enjoy it? You can do exactly that with White Peaches. Why? White-flesh Peach varieties are low in acid so the natural sugar comes through in the flavor from the moment they are picked. Use White Peaches the same way you would Yellow-flesh varieties – for baking and snacking. Peak season is here for Organic White Peaches from South Carolina and California. Select White Peaches that have no greenish coloring in the white areas of the skin – a sign of under-ripe. Store them a room temperature.

Organic White Peaches – eat ‘em hard & crunchy, soft & juicy, grilled & caramelized.

TIP: Grilled White Peaches:

  • Pre-heat grill to high
  • Halve White Peaches and remove the pit
  • Spray White Peaches with a quick burst of spray-able oil on each side
  • Reduce grill heat to medium-high
  • Grill for about 3 minutes on each side, flesh side first
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream, garnish with mint

Organic Celery Hearts


California grown Organic Celery Hearts are in peak season right now, making them an excellent option for preparing holiday vegetable trays.

Did you know?
Celery Hearts are really the smaller sized regular Celery bunches that have their tops trimmed shorter, then they’re packaged.

A stalk of Celery contains about 10 calories, plus it’s juicy, crunchy, flavorful – go to town!

Does less than 10 calories per stalk get negated by chewing?

Organic Tomatoes On-the-Vine


Peak season for Organic On-the-Vine Tomatoes continues this week from certified organic greenhouses in Mexico and Canada. On-the-Vine Tomatoes (aka Cluster or Stem Tomatoes) often keep well when you bring them home since the fruit can still draw on water and nutrients left in the vine – the healthier the vines, the better. This type of Tomato is ideal for salads, sandwiches and roasting. Always store Tomatoes at room temperature since they lose flavor and texture when held below 55 F.

A good choice for salads, sandwiches and roasting – Organic Tomatoes On-the-Vine.

Organic Cantaloupe


I’ve been very pleased with the flavor on peak season Organic Cantaloupes from California that I’ve tasted recently, even though the appearance of the rinds has not always been perfect. The melons are heavy, which means they’re dense and loaded with juice. The flavor is full and sweet. Yum! Store uncut Cantaloupe at room temperature for up to a week (unless you see sunken areas beginning to form). Cut melon can be kept in the fridge for several days, but when it’s tasty – you’re likely to eat it right away or use it in a recipe, right?

Organic Cantaloupe is tasting great!

Buy Smart. Shop Healthy. Live Organic.

The Produce Geek, Jonathan K. Steffy

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