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Cantaloupe...for the Pope

Posted on Mon, 04/12/2010 - 08:33

This time of year, we start seeing much better Cantaloupe.  They actually smell like a Cantaloupe should smell.  I’m getting out the orange sherbet.  Hey, Pope Benedict XVI turns 83 years old this week, and so I thought I’d talk about a fruit that was actually first grown for the early Popesof the Catholic Church.  You know most melons originated in Persia, what we call Iran today.  In the early part of the 12th century, some of the early Popes would take a little summer vacation in a little monastery in a tiny town in the hills surrounding Rome.&nb

Fatter is Better

Posted on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 08:03

Take a look at this asparagus this time of year. It’s perfect. Absolutely gorgeous. When Your Produce Man sees something like this, my mouth just starts salivating. I’m thinking of a big steak with asparagus next to it. Fantastic! But there is a controversy. Every year I get questions from viewers and readers: Which is better, the big old fat asparagus or the tiny little thin asparagus, what we call pencil asparagus? Well, let me tell you a secret about how asparagus grows. Asparagus grows in the same fields for up to 20 years.

Eggplant Squeaking

Posted on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 21:04

I was at the store today and was watching a lady try to figure out which Eggplant to buy.  Every produce item will tell you whether it's good or not, and in the case of the Eggplant, you need to listen very carefully.  Simply rub your thumb on the Eggplant.  If it squeaks, that's a fresh Eggplant.  If the skin wrinkles up, that's an old Eggplant.  Does your Eggplant squeak?
YPM...Gettin' Fresh

Don't Say "See Ya" to Sweet Potatoes

Posted on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 00:59

Well, we had the NCAA mens Final Four this weekend. And of course, we had Easter.  What was on your Easter menu?  I hope your Easter menu include plenty of…Sweet Potatoes. Sweet Potatoes, just like Green Beans, are a very traditional menu item for your Easter meal. May I suggest a couple things for you? Please don’t let this be the very last time that you enjoy sweet potatoes this time of year. When I first started in the produce industry, over 30 years ago, we sold a lot of Sweet Potatoes…for Thanksgiving, for Christmas, and for Easter.

Peepers on Potatoes

Posted on Tue, 03/30/2010 - 11:49

Do you remember the song from the old movie “Going Places?” “Jeepers. Creepers. Where’d you get those peepers?” Well, this time of year, you may start  seeing some peepers on  Russet potatoes. In the  springtime, you go to your storage area where you keep your Russet potatoes. You open up the drawer and you notice some little tiny peepers, tiny sprouts growing in the eyes of the Potato. Well, let me tell you something. These little sprouts are very normal for a Russet potato. Dr.

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