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Wednesday Wonders: Freeze Dried Fruit

Q: Hi, I was wondering what the story is with all those freeze dried fruit snacks? I always give them to my two year old instead of cookies, chips, and sugary snacks, but does it REALLY count as having fruit? What nutritional benefits are taken out with the water during the process of dehydration? — Allyson A: This is a great question since so many of these products are out there and who knows how many more will be coming our way. First off, let’s do a little comparison of these freeze-dried varieti… read more »

Please Pass the Potatoes

Sweet potatoes that is! Like winter squash, sweet potatoes are at their peak between November and December, even though you can find them in supermarkets all year round. Like white potatoes, sweet potatoes are root vegetables, but they can differ in size from short with round ends (like the white ones) or long and tubular with tapered ends. Sweet potatoes have a thin skin and come in various colors, including brown, orange, red, and purple. The inside flesh is hard when raw, soft when roasted or baked… read more »

Squash It!

With fall in the air and winter around the corner, it’s time to start cooking some warmer, heartier fare. Heartier doesn’t have to mean unhealthy, and the fall/winter season comes with nutritious and delicious vegetables to cook up. One of them is winter squash. Winter squash is in season from October to November (although you can find it from August to March), and there are multiple varieties of this squash family. All of them have hard shells and mildly sweet flesh, but they differ in s… read more »

Mamey Sapote

Yesterday I told you all about the rambutan, a new fruit I tried over the weekend. As I mentioned in that post, my family and I tried another new fruit for the Rosh Hashanah holiday — the Mamey. When I saw this fruit at Fairway, a fabulous supermarket in my neighborhood, I had no idea what it was. It didn’t look so appealing to eat — it had a brown, sandpaper-like skin, and no aroma to speak of. I didn’t even know what it was called! But I decided to take a chance and try it anyway.  I found out wh… read more »

Rambutan: The “Hairy” Fruit

This past weekend was the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. There are many food customs on this holiday, one of which is to enjoy a new fruit to remind us to appreciate the fruits of the earth and that we are here to enjoy them. Every year the search is on for a fruit that we have never had before — not such an easy task. This year, Andy and I found two new fruits to share with my family. The first is the Rambutan. The rambutan is the fruit of a tropical tree that is native to Indonesia and Southeas… read more »