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Water Chestnuts, Canned

Water Chestnuts, Canned

Water chestnuts are a wonderful addition to Chinese and Asian recipes, which add a crunchy texture to the dish. We only buy the ones that are canned in water with no additives. Unfortunately, during the canning process they lose some of  their sweetness and the layers of flavor that fresh water chestnuts possess. Since we […]

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Turnips, Yellow

Turnips, Yellow

According to the literature, yellow turnips with yellow flesh are neither hard to find nor hard to grow, however we have not found these yellow turnips in the supermarket, and not always at farm stores. The literature also says that the much more common varieties are very similar in taste and texture, but we have […]

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Turnip, Red

Turnips, Red

There are several varieties of red turnips. This variety appears to be a traditional or hybrid Japanese turnip. The roots or these varieties are semi-globed to more flattened with deep red or scarlet red skin with white flesh that is tender and crisp. They have a delicious, sweet to a mild radish-like flavor when harvested […]

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Turnips

Turnips

Turnips are a root vegetable that are grown in temperate climates around the world.  Their history as an established crop goes back more than 2,000 years to Greek and Roman times.  We eat turnips cut up raw in salads and in strips with dips, as they have a radish-like flavor. Turnips can be cook by […]

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Turnip Greens

Turnip Greens

Cooked turnip greens have a very robust (heavy) flavor.  They can be eaten as a side dish or cooked with other greens or veggies in various recipes.  Select turnip greens that are crisp and green and free of wilt or discolored edges.  Turnip greens are a great source of vitamin A and K, beta carotene, […]

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Tomato Paste

Tomato Paste

Tomato paste is made by cooking tomatoes for several hours until enough of the water is boiled off to reduce the tomatoes to a thick red concentrate.  The cooked tomato concentrate is them strained and packaged for sale.  Tomato paste is most commonly found packaged in 6-oz. cans.  When purchasing tomato paste, look at the […]

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Tomatoes, Sun-Dried

Tomatoes, Sun-Dried

Sun-dried tomatoes are relatively expensive, but they add a delicious gourmet touch to some recipes.  Apparently, the origin of sun-dried tomatoes is Italy, where prior to the days of canning, tomatoes were dried in the sun on the tile roofs.  We have a couple of bread recipes in which we’ve incorporated sun-dried tomatoes.  See the nutritional chart […]

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Tomatoes, Roma (Italian or Plum)

Tomatoes, Roma (Italian or Plum)

This oval or pear shaped tomato goes by a variety of names: Roma tomatoes, Italian tomatoes and plum tomatoes.  They have more pulp and less water content than the round varieties, thus they are better for cooking and making sauce.  We also enjoy them in our salads.  The best tasting tomatoes are those that are […]

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Tomatoes, Grape

Tomatoes, Grape

The grape tomatoes in this full-sized photo are about three times their actual size.  Grape tomatoes taste very similar to other tomatoes, and they cost more than full size tomatoes, but they are great in salads.  We think of them more as a fun food tomato.  We grew twelve of these small tomato plants in […]

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Tomatoes, Diced

Tomatoes, Diced

We use canned diced tomatoes for convenience, and when fresh tomatoes are out of season, or grossly over-priced.  The only draw back is that they usually contain salt, so we try to find canned diced tomatoes without salt.  They may also contain calcium chloride and citric acid, which are not a problem.  They are usually […]

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