Blueberries

Native to North America, there are generally three varieties of blueberries grown in the US. Lowbush blueberries (Vaccinium agustifolium) grow only about a foot tall and prefer the cooler climate of Eastern Canada and Maine. They produce a small, intensely flavored berry and have a powdery blue hue. You will often find them referred to

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Asparagus

When you’ve tasted the first asparagus of the season, simply cooked, maybe spritzed with a bit of lemon and topped with a tad of butter, you’ve just tasted spring. Although good asparagus can be found year-round, it is at its peak – and least expensive – during the spring months. In California, the first crops

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Pears

With an epithet like “gifts of the gods” — so christened by the Greek poet Homer — it’s no wonder that the pear enjoys a reputation as a divine delicacy.  The Romans also celebrated the pear in mythology. Pears are sacred to three goddesses: Juno, Venus and Pomona, who is the Italian goddess of gardens

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KJ Guide to Apples

If you were to eat a different kind of apple every day for the next two years, not only would you be very healthy, you would have only scratched the surface of the more than 7000 varieties of apples. A trip to the farmers market or the supermarket produce aisle can prove daunting. What to

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Avocados

Avocado (Persea americana) is considered by some to be the world’s most perfect food.  With its deliciously creamy flavor and lavish amounts of nutrients, it’s no wonder the avocado is one of the most sought-after subtropical fruits on the market today. It has skyrocketed in popularity during recent times, a statistic attributed to certain days

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Figs

The fig is the tasty, sensuous fruit of one of the world’s oldest trees, genus Ficus carica or common fig, a member of the mulberry (Moraceae) family. This deciduous tree grows 10-30 ft. tall. Its broad palmate leaves, with 5-7 lobes, feel rough on the surface and softly hairy on the underside. The branches do not bear

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Lemons

Few fruits are as iconic as the lemon (citrus x limon). The sweet fragrance of these bright yellow ellipsoidal fruits with the nipple on the bottom (called the “stylar end”) is universally recognized…

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Cherries

When June comes busting out all over, cherry lovers are in their glory. For an all too short and precious slice of summer, fresh cherries are ripe for the picking…

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Strawberries

Why do we have such an infatuation with strawberries? Every year festivals dedicated to this small red marvel draw in thousands of spectators worldwide. Strawberry-themed websites acquire millions of visitors every month. There’s even an entire museum in Belgium dedicated to this juicy, delectable fruit. Our love affair with strawberries began a long time ago;

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