What's Good in Produce this Week?

8/26/10  I guess you can tell by the picture that I am recommending red grapes. They are really tasting great!  These are the flame seedless variety a relatively new variety that are characterize by sweetness with a little of crunch (I love grapes that go crunch!).   Remember to keep your grapes in the coldest part of your refrigerator and only wash just before using.  Frozen grapes are also fun and great way to get kids to eat a healthy snack, simply pull grapes from stem place them on a plate or tray and freeze until hard.  If you are having a dinner party, take the frozen grapes and dip them inchocolate (a mixture of white and dark makes a great display) and serve to your guests as a refreshing delicious dessert!

Do Prefer Peaches or Nectarines?

8/10.  Do you prefer peaches or nectarines?  Interestingly enough there is a distinct gender difference in the preference between peaches and nectarines.  Men overwhelmingly prefer nectarines in taste tests and in surveys!  Don't ask me why, but I will tell you that nectarines are typically sweeter and this week nectarines are at their best!    Did you ever grill nectarines?  Try slicing them into quarters, place them on a double skewer (prevents from spinning on the skewer), brush with a little oil like canola to prevent from sticking to the grill and then grill for approx 5 minutes over a med hot grill, turning once.  Remove and this is what I like best, sprinkle with a little brown sugar, some chopped macadamia nuts and top with homemade whip cream (an aerosol can will do in a pinch), grap a spoon and dig in!  Enjoy!

Seedling Farms Peaches Local!

8/10  Peapod always seeks out the best in local produce and this week we are proud to feature fresh picked orchard peaches from Seedling Farms in Michigan.  These peaches are left on the tree to ripen longer creating delicious flavor and they are so sweet!  Typically, these peaches (red haven variety one of the best if not the best tasting variety)  are usually only available at local farmers market like Chicago's Green City and Evanston's Farmer's Market, but this month you can buy these great tasting local peaches from Peapod. Enjoy and remember to leave fruit out at room temperature until soft to touch then eat or refrigerate and do not store in direct sunlight.