Thursday, January 14, 2016

Take A Market Tour With Me and Take The Mystery Out of The Produce Section

Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed in your local produce section?  With so many choices and varieties how do you make the right choice?  Please take a moment with me and let me enlighten you with some basic fruit and veggie knowledge. I hope that this blog will help to make you a more informed shopper and give you some peace of mind as you make future purchasing choices.

Fruits and Veggies Oh My!
Get at least 50% of your groceries from here.  Everything here is healthy!  A great general rule is that the least inexpensive produce is almost always seasonal, thus the tastiest.  
  Not only is the rainbow pretty to look at, but the more variety in the color you eat, the more nutrients you get... always a plus!

White and Light Green -
helps to prevent colon and stomach cancers and heart disease.

Found in: Artichokes, Asparagus, Celery, Chives, Endive, Garlic, Green Onions, Green Pears, and Mushrooms

Yellow and Orange -  helps to prevent cancers and heart disease.

Found in:  Apricots, Butternut Squash, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Mangoes, Peaches, Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes, Clementines, Grape Fruit, Lemons, Nectarines, Papaya, Pineapple, Banana, Yellow Pepper

Purple and Blue and Deep Red 
helps to prevent blood clots and helps improve brain functions.

Found in:  Blueberries, Cherries, Cranberries, Plums, Eggplants, Raisins, Red Apples, Red Beans, Red Beets, Red Cabbage, Red and Purple Grapes, Red Onions, Red Pears, Strawberries
Red -
helps to prevent cancers and heart disease.  Also helps improve brain function.   

Found in:  Pink Grapefruit, Tomatoes, Watermelon

Green -
helps to reduce cataracts andmacular degeneration. Helps maintain strong bones and critical for wound healing.  Also helps prevent cancer.

Found in:  
Asparagus, Beet Greens,Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Collard Greens, Dandelion Greens, Green Beans, Honeydew, Kale, Kiwi, Mustard Greens,Okra, Parsley, Peas, Peppers, Romaine, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Zucchini, Endive, Turnip Greens, Arugala, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Watercress

Until next time, happy marketing!

Seasonal Produce

Apricots               Artichokes                Arugula               Asparagus                Beets                Carrots                       
Chard               Cherries                 Fennel              Garlic                     Kiwis             Leeks
Nettles             Pea                        Radishes           Rhubarb                   Spinach                   Turnips

Apples                         Avocados              Bell Peppers                  Blackberries            Blueberries       Chickpeas 
Chiles              Corn                         Cucumbers          Eggplant                  Figs                     Gooseberries
Grapes                Green beans           Herbs                    Lettuce                    Melons

Apples                         Broccoli                Brussels            Cabbage               Cauliflower         Celery
Cranberries      Edamame              Horseradish                  Mushrooms           Okra                     Parsnips
Pears                Potatoes                Pumpkins          Radishes                 Rutabagas           Swt Potato
Turnips               Winter squash         Zucchini

Beets                Broccoli                   Cabbage        Carrots                 Cauliflower        Celeriac                
Chicories        Citrus                       Clementines              Frisee                Escarole               Fennel              Grapefruit
Horseradish     Kale                      Kohlrabi           Potatoes                  Radicchio          Rutabagas  
Shallots            Turnips                             Winter Squash

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