Fruits

I hope to build this section out with articles about everything from “common” fruits such as apples, pears and bananas to fruits that are more exotic to us in the west: lychee, passion fruit, mango. Some foods are botanically fruits but are treated like vegetables, such as the tomato.  And where do rhubarb and pumpkin fit in? These are the kinds of articles you’ll find here, along with some history. Where do some fruits get their names? Who discovered them? Where were they first cultivated?  And how many varieties of fruits are there? I think there are literally thousands of apple varieties. Some are good for baking, some for cooking and some for eating raw.  There’s just so much to know and learn.
 

Historic Harriton House Apple Tasting

October 18, 2016 0 Comments
Historic Harriton House Apple Tasting

Heirloom Apples Abound This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Fall apple tasting at the Historic Harriton House in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Hosted by curator Bruce Gill who collects heirloom apples from various locations throughout the area, some varieties over 300 years old and still being grown for eating “out of hand”, baking […]

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Trader Joe’s Is Going Mango Crazy

June 13, 2016 1 Comment
Trader Joe’s Is Going Mango Crazy

How Many Way’s Can You Sell Mango at Trader Joe’s? Was at Trader Joe’s this weekend to do a little shopping with my wife as we do most weekends and everywhere I turned there were products featuring mango. I’m figuring June must be mango month so I looked it up online and yes it is. […]

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All About Pomegranates

September 23, 2015 0 Comments
All About Pomegranates

What are Pomegranates and How Are They Used In Cooking? What Does A Pomegranate Look Like? The pomegranate is one of those fruits that everyone has heard of and few have actually tried. From the outside, it does not always look particularly appealing. Although the skin, when ripe, takes on a deep ruby color rarely […]

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Mangoes – An Amazing Fruit

July 29, 2013 2 Comments
Mangoes – An Amazing Fruit

Mangoes Mangoes are absolutely delicious and one of my favorite fruits to have readily available in the kitchen. Once you dice up a mango, they make for a useful ingredient that can be included in a variety of meals to add that much needed tropical kick. I recently got a shipment of mangoes in from […]

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All About Pumpkins

September 16, 2012 1 Comment
All About Pumpkins

A Little Pumpkin History By contributing writer Mark R. Vogel According to an Irish myth, one day a man known as “Stingy Jack” for his miserly inclinations had a drink with the devil. True to his name, Jack convinced the devil to transform himself into a coin in order to pay for the drinks. The […]

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Why Grapefruit Smell Like Florida To Me

February 23, 2012 6 Comments
Why Grapefruit Smell Like Florida To Me

I was walking by the kitchen counter yesterday and caught a whiff of something that grabbed my attention real fast. I looked over and there was this gorgeous ripe grapefruit sitting there. I went over, picked it up, brought it to my nose and gave it a big sniff. I was instantly transported like some […]

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Cantaloupe with Chilled Cantaloupe Soup Recipe

August 2, 2011 1 Comment
Cantaloupe with Chilled Cantaloupe Soup Recipe

Cantaloupe – A Little History & Knowledge by contributing food writer Chef Mark Vogel The Seeds of Columbus In 1493 Christopher Columbus embarked on his second voyage to the New World with 17 ships and 1200 men.  His goals were to search for new territories and establish colonies.  His route took him through the Lesser […]

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Watermelon Salad Recipe

June 23, 2011 3 Comments
Watermelon Salad Recipe

Tuesday was the first day of summer and when I think of summers past, watermelon comes to mind. As a kid, watermelon was a special treat on a hot summer evening after dinner. Sitting on the front steps with some of my neighbors over to share a freshly cut melon and seeing how far we […]

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All About Apricots And Apricot Glaze Recipe

May 10, 2011 0 Comments
All About Apricots And Apricot Glaze Recipe

The Precocious Fruit By contributing food write Chef Mark Vogel What does Alexander the Great, King Henry VIII, the Spanish explorers and the English settlers all have in common?  The members of this motley crew each played a role in spreading the apricot around the globe.  The apricot probably originated in China, at least 4,000 […]

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Honeybell Orange Juice Cocktail

January 24, 2011 2 Comments
Honeybell Orange Juice Cocktail

We were very fortunate to receive a gift for a month’s worth of “hand-selected premium fruit” from Harry & David from one of my wife’s friends. It is a wonderful gift especially this time of the year when you can use a perfectly ripe orange or ruby red grapefruit to get you through the cold […]

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