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Plums, Red Spotted

Plums, Red Spotted

We were unable to identify this specific variety of plums.  These spotted red plums are sweeter than the other red plums and have a small pit like the black plums.  Select firm to just beginning to soften plums, as the softer ones could be damaged.  They ripen easily on the counter-top, and will store for […]

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Plums, Red

Plums, Red

We have not been able to identify the exact variety of the various plums we encounter, as usually they are unidentified or referred to by their color.  The red plum is a medium-sweet plum.  Choose red plums that are firm to just beginning to soften.  Do not select hard or mushy plums.  Red plums will […]

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Plums, Golden

Plums, Golden

We found these golden plums at a farm store in late summer, but haven’t seen them being sold at any supermarkets. While looking for information about golden plums, we found this description: “the early golden is a very succulent and sweet plum while the Mirabelle is smaller European plum. Shiro, a Japanese plum, is moderate […]

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Plums, Black

Plums, Black

There are many varieties of plums, each of which have differing flavors and nutritional values.  We believe that the black plum is the sweetest.  It also has the advantage of having a very small pit, thus providing more edible flesh.  Choose black plums that are firm to just beginning to soften but not hard or […]

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Plantain

Plantain

The plantain, scientifically named Musa paradisiaca, is a very starchy banana that is usually used in cooking.  However, they can also be eaten raw when they are very ripe with the skin turning almost completely black.  (See Ripe Plantain.)  It is usually not considered an eating banana like the ones we are used to peeling and […]

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Pineapple

Pineapple

Ripe pineapples have a deliciously sweet flavor.  They also contain a digestive enzyme, bromelain.  With the exception of vitamin C and Potassium, pineapples do not contain very much of the other vitamins and minerals.  According to what we have read, bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory that has many health benefits and encourages healing. Choose pineapples […]

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Persimmon

Persimmon

Persimmons, known as the “apple of the Orient,” were brought to the Americas about 1825.  They are a tart fruit when firm, but sweeten as they soften.  They have an excellent flavor; but, if not ripened enough, often leave a stong “astringent” feel to the mouth.  The persimmon color can vary from a deep yellowish-orange […]

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Pears, Red Clapp

Pears, Red Clapp

Red Clapp pears have been described as having a red blush, but as can be seen in this photo, they can also develop a deep red colored skin.  They are the reddest of all pears, and have a white flesh. The flavor of these red Clapp pears is very similar to Bartlett pears, but they […]

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Pears, Bosc

Pears, Bosc

Bosc pears are our favorite variety.  They are nice and “crunchy” and flavorful.  Select pears that are firm and free of blemishes.  We could not find a nutritional chart specifically for bosc pears.  See the nutritional chart for pears, in general, below.  Previous Fruit: http://veganvenue.org/pears-anjou/ Next Fruit: http://veganvenue.org/pears-red-clapp/ Pears, raw Scientific Name: Pyrus communis NDB No: 09252 Nutrient Units […]

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Pears, Anjou

Pears, Anjou

The Anjou pear is also called Beurré d’Anjou or D’Anjou pear, which was originally cultivated in Europe. Anjou pears are short-necked green pears that don’t change color when they ripen. When they just begin to soften, they are ripe. Anjou pears have a whitish sweet flesh, which is semi firm and holds its shape when […]

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