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Food Trivia – Do You Know Your Drupes?

August 29, 2016 @ 3:57 pm
by MicheleT
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If you're into food trivia like me, here's a question for ya'...do you know your drupes? I didn't either, until a few years ago. I've eaten a lot of drupes and you probably have too, without even knowing it. Most people could care less about drupes, but they're a very interesting group of fruits. In fact, drupes are synonymous with many wonderful summer fruits also known as "stone fruits" yet there are three different terms to describe and differentiate them. We'll get into that in just a second. To be specific, drupes are a classification of fruits that have an [...]

FIGS – Fun Food Fact

April 30, 2016 @ 2:01 pm
by MicheleT
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Figs have been cultivated for thousands of years and they are native to the Middle East and the western part of Asia. A curious Fig Fun Fact I discovered forced me to pose this question to myself…”Would you still eat them if you knew they contained the carcass of a female wasp?” No need to even consider that question because the answer is undeniably, yes! Maybe that grosses you out, but every fig, even these beautiful candy striped figs, must be pollinated by female wasps that have to crawl inside the fruit and do what it's meant to do! There [...]

BROCCOLINI – Fun Food Fact

April 4, 2016 @ 2:25 am
by MicheleT
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Broccolini looks, tastes and cooks up as easily as broccoli, so what makes it so special that it needs to have it's own vegetable classification, you ask? Well, if you like broccoli, you'll like broccolini! This vegetable is a part of the cruciferous family of vegetables and is known around the globe as "tenderstem broccoli". It's actually a hybrid that brings together the genetics of two of my favorite green veggies, broccoli and kale. It is commonly mistaken for "baby broccoli" and was developed in Japan in 1993. Broccolini is full of fiber, vitamin C, potassium and iron...would you eat [...]

GREEN PEPPERS – Fun Food Facts

March 19, 2014 @ 5:45 am
by MicheleT
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Green peppers are actually fruits. These peppers are the under ripened fruit of the capsicum annum plant, and when ripe turn red. Green peppers do NOT produce capsaicin {spicy heat} and are nightshades that contain glycoalkaloids - a naturally occurring pesticides...harmful ONLY to bugs, though.(sources : Nutrition Data; Diagnosis Diet)

STRAWBERRIES – Fun Food Facts

February 27, 2014 @ 7:14 pm
by MicheleT
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As a member of the rose family, these berries are the ONLY fruit that has seeds on the outside to the tune of about 200 seeds per berry. To boot, if all the strawberries grown in Ca. in one year were laid berry to berry, they would wrap around the world 15 times! (source Kenny's Strawberry Farm) DID YOU LEARN SOMETHING? SHARE IT... facebook twitter google+