fruit

  • In Season: Strawberries

    Strawberries are one of the many gifts that May has to offer us. This is when they are at their peak, giving us a fragrantly sweet taste that fits well in many recipes. Keep in mind that strawberries are very perishable, so only purchase them a few days before you use them!

    >>Hempanana Smoothie

  • Triple Berry Cobbler

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    Makes: 12 giant or 24 party servings

    About 2 2/3 cups blueberries

    About 2 2/3 cup raspberries

    About 2 1/2 cups marionberries

    1 1/4 cups sugar

    1/4 cup cornstarch

    1/4 cup lemon juice

    Topping

    1 cup butter, room temperature

    1 cup sugar

    2 tablespoons vanilla extract

    2/3 cup cornmeal

    2/3 cup tapioca starch

    1/3 cup potato starch

    1/3 cup rice flour

    1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon cardamom

    1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

    1 cup milk

    2 tablespoons coarse sanding sugar or granulated sugar, for topping

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, toss together the blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice to evenly coat the berries. Pour into a 9x13-inch baking pan. To make the topping, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the cornmeal, starches, rice flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and xanthan gum. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk. Pour the topping over the berry filling. Sprinkle the sanding sugar evenly over the topping and bake until the topping is cooked through, a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, and the berry filling is hot and bubbly, 65 to 70 minutes. Serve hot or cold. Source: Sweet Cravings by Kyra Bussanich, image by Leela Cyd

  • In Season: Lemons

    Lemons are poised to step into the spotlight this year, and the Eureka/Lisbon, Meyer, and seedless varieties are all in season now. Lemons originated in Southeast Asia and entered Europe via Southern Italy during the time of ancient Rome. Christopher Columbus introduced lemons to the West when he brought them to Hispaniola (modern Haiti) in 1493.

  • The Newest Superfruit

    Know what a buffaloberry is? If not, now is the time. According to new studies, buffaloberries contain high levels of lycopene and methyl-lycopenoate, both which are beneficial for our overall health. This tart red fruit is great fresh or dried. Go check it out and start reaping the benefits.

  • Strawberry Cashew Yogurt

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    MAKES 2 SERVINGS

    1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries (about 12) hulled

    1/2 cup soaked cashews

    1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar

    1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

    Sliced fresh strawberries, for serving (optional)

    Put all the ingredients in a blender and process on medium speed until smooth. Serve with sliced strawberries if desired. Stored in a sealed container in the refrig­erator. Strawberry Cashew Yogurt will keep for three days. Source: Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Corn­bleet, images courtesy of Warren Jefferson

  • Veggie Power: 3 Juice Recipes to Fight Cold and Flu

    According to the latest CDC Flu Activity & Surveillance report, flu is widespread in 25 states so far this season. As for the common cold, the CDC estimates that more than one billion of us will suffer from it in 2014.

    By Michael T. Murray, ND
  • Abundance in Our Midst

    240,000 pounds—that’s the amount of fresh fruit Craig Diserens, executive director at Village Harvest, said their organization harvested in 2013.

    How Village Harvest is helping feed communities with surplus fruit
    By Amy Vergin
  • Cook’s Corner: Healthy Holidays

    You’ve been here before. Extended trip to the family’s for the holidays. At least two sit-down meals and a table filled with more desserts than you can feed yourself. By the time the trip is said and done, you’ve probably consumed more than several thousand calories… and none of them in the “healthy” department.

  • Island Creamy Fruit Salad

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    2 medium bananas, diced

    2 medium apples, diced

    1 lemon (juice of)

    1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained, juice reserved

    2 cups sliced strawberries

    2 cups grapes

    1/4 cup pecans, chopped

    1 (1 1/2 ounce) box sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix or 1 (1 1/2 ounce) box vegetarian sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix

    1/2 cup water

    Combine bananas, apples, and lemon juice in large mixing bowl. Toss until evenly coated. Add pineapple, strawberries, grapes, and pecans. In small mixing bowl, combine pudding mix, water, and pineapple juice with a wire whisk until smooth. Add pudding mixture to fruit. Mix gently until thoroughly coated. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Source: Chef Charles Mattocks

  • Superfood: Apples—Quite the Reputation

    If you thought you knew all there was to know about apples, you’re wrong. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, one bad apple spoils the bunch—while these clichés are true, they are only half the story.

    The mythology

    On apples, love, and health
    By Amy Vergin