August 11, 2016
Sometimes called "apple pears" because of their apple-like shape and pear-like taste, Asian pears are probably one of the first domesticated fruits. With hundreds of cultivars, varieties include Japanese, Korean (which tend to be round), and Chinese (slightly more elongated) pears. Asian pear...
December 23, 2013
Daikon is the tiny cubed white vegetable in miso soup. In Punjabi cuisine, it is called "mooli," and in Eastern Europe it is "white radish," often served with sour cream dressings. An extremely versatile vegetable that takes well to being cooked, pickled, or eaten raw.
December 23, 2013
This herb has more uses than just keeping vampires away and is highly partisan – there are those for it, and those against it. Garlic is a close cousin to the onion, shallots, and leeks, and is an elixir, deterrent, protector, and medicine. Its distinct, pungent flavor brightens up any stir-fry,...
December 23, 2013
Red potatoes are thin-skinned, firm, and they hold up in many recipes. The thin skin means they don't need to be peeled; enjoy with the peel on to reap more nutritional benefits, including fiber, vitamins, and anthocyanins.
December 23, 2013
To get to the tasty center, chestnuts need to be peeled by way of boiling, roasting, or even microwaving till the leathery shell cracks away and the inner papery skin can be removed.
December 3, 2013
What fruit has the vitamin C of an orange, the potassium of half a banana, and the fiber of a half-cup of bran flakes? Hint: It's furry. Answer: Kiwi. Enjoy kiwis by peeling and slicing, or simply cut latitudinally and scoop out green (or yellow) flesh with a spoon.
December 3, 2013
One of The FruitGuys' favorites! Named for Satsuma province, Japan, satsuma mandarins are seedless and super easy to peel and eat. They have a "zipper" skin that can often look bumpy and feel soft. But don't judge this book by its cover – it's a special sweet treat of the season!
December 3, 2013
A hybrid developed in 1958 at UC Riverside, yellow oro blanco gets its puffy coat from pomelo and sweet spritzy flavor from white grapefruit. Its thick skin and mild, seedless flesh create a nice combo of easy peel and wakeup taste. No snooze button here.
December 3, 2013
Cabbage is so versatile in the kitchen. Hold a head in your hands and contemplate – simmered, sauteéd, rolled, stuffed, or shredded? Very nutritious with essential minerals and phytochemicals – its overlapping layers hold many curative secrets.
December 2, 2013
A happy accident! Discovered in a pear orchard in Nelson, New Zealand, in 1986, Taylor's Gold is thought to be a "sport" (a variety or strain resulting from another variety) of the Comice pear. Sweet and fragrant, with smooth, russeted skin and creamy, rich flesh.

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