Organic Picks of the Week 07/02/12

Best if Used By 07/10/12

Organic Picks of the week for July 3rd, 2012 features
Figs, Sweet Corn, Green Peppers, Raspberries and Pineapples

Organic Figs

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR

You’ve likely tried your fair share of Dried Figs in whole form, cookie bars or in desserts, but have you ever enjoyed Fresh Figs? It is a completely different eating experience, just like eating Raisins is different than eating fresh Grapes. Fresh Figs have tender skins and gooey flesh that are sweet and mildly earthy – luscious! Most Figs are sold as Dried since the grower can leave the fruit on the tree until it dries and falls to the ground. Fresh Figs require more attention in harvesting and handling. Only about 5% of Figs grown in the US are sold as Fresh, so savor the delicacy!

Luscious, fresh Organic Figs for snacking, salads, cooking and desserts.

July marks the early part of peak season for Fresh Organic Figs from California. Two varieties are likely to be found in organic markets and natural foods stores right now – Black Mission Figs with dark purple to black skin, and Brown Turkey Figs with brown to purple skins. Fresh Figs are ripe when they give to a gentle squeeze. They’re highly perishable, so keep them in the fridge and use them within a few days. I love to hold them by the stem and eat the rest of the fruit whole – yum! Here are some recipe ideas to feature the rich, old-world flavor of Fresh Organic Figs.

Organic Sweet Corn

BEST FLAVOR

One of the primary growers of Organic Sweet Corn in California is sending some outstanding product around the country this week and next. The healthy ears are mostly free from bug damage and the flavor is excellent! How does Grilled Organic Corn with Herb Butter sound?

Organic SWEET Corn.

Organic Green Peppers

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR | VALUE PRICED

East Coast Green Bell Peppers are looking sharp right now, particularly from organic farms in Georgia – dark green, thick walls and healthy shoulders. These are the kind of peppers you can do a lot with! Grill, sauté, slice, roast or stuff – this will be a great week to enjoy Organic Green Peppers.

Peak season quality.

Organic Raspberries

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR | VALUE PRICED

I am a cobbler gobbler. There, I said it. We’ve been enjoying Raspberries from our garden, often in the form of Raspberry Cobbler with ice cream or milk. Oh my! This recipe is close to how we make it.

Organic Raspberries – this is the month to bake with them!

Flavorful, Organic Raspberries are in peak season in California here in July. The berries size has been big and by the time they make the trip across the country some of them can be a little flattened, so I recommend using them within a day or two of purchase. Always keep Raspberries refrigerated. A Raspberry is a delicate fruit – wait to wash them until just before use. When shopping for Raspberries, inspect the package from all sides to be sure there’s no mold, wet spots, black spots or smashed and clumped berries.

Organic Pineapples

BEST FLAVOR | VALUE PRICED

This is typically a time of year when there are not enough Organic Pineapples from Central America to meet demand, but this July is different. Supplies on sweet and juicy Organic Pineapples are plentiful! Take a tropical flavor vacation by adding Pineapple to your salsa recipes, fruit salads or slice them into thick slabs for the grill.

18-20 months of growing organically in the tropics – for you to devour in one sitting with your family.

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.

Buy Smart. Shop Healthy. Live Organic.

The Produce Geek, Jonathan K. Steffy

Forward this to a friend if you think they’ll like it – Here’s to fresh!