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Review by Debbie Mazo


Nothing says summer more than the appearance of seasonal fruits and vegetables at your local market. with so much variety, you almost need a guide to navigate all the choices. To help you learn how to incorporate fresh vegetables and fruits into your everyday menu, visit

How do you know whether your cucumber is fresh or whether the squash you purchased will last past the weekend? Check out the site's FAQs for pointers on selecting and storing fresh fruit and vegetables. For example, when it comes to packed vegetables, pass on those that have a lot of liquid in the bag. Since most fruits and vegetables are not "stock-up" items, remember also to buy only the produce you need. Fruits and vegetables like apples and potatoes can be stored at home, but most items should be consumed within a few days.

Aboutproduce.comIf you're curious about certain produce, the Produce A-Z section provides a handy reference for common and exotic fruits and vegetables. Using the site's extensive search feature, you can look up produce by name, category, nutritional or health benefits, or availability. Depending on how you set up your search options, the results display a produce's nutritional make-up, flavor and texture, recipes, and more. Searching for information on apricots, for example, highlights the six varieties of apricots, its peak availability during summer months, as well as innovative recipes like Apricot Yogurt Parfaits and Apricot Relish Steaks.

If you're looking for even more choices for your summer favorites, click on Recipes. Here, you can select recipe choices by produce, preparation time, or type. Want to use up some extra zucchini in a quick side dish? Then, whip up the Skillet Zucchini with Chopped Tomatoes seasoned to taste with pepper. Join the Recipe E-mail Club, and your Inbox will be always be full of tasty ways to prepare fruit and vegetables.

Wondering how you can make sure your children get the most out of their fruit and vegetable servings? Then, look no further than the Health and Nutrition section for articles ranging from how to easily get sufficient fruit and vegetable servings to how your diet can help fight disease. with all the delicious flavors and healthy benefits of this season's fruit and vegetables, you can make the summer come alive for your entire family.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].

Copyright © 2001, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.



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