Fresh Pick Friday

Fresh Pick – Chard

The sun may be shining here in Vancouver, but the air sure is cold!  Comfort foods have become a mainstay as of late, so I thought I would highlight a hearty green that will make a nutritious addition to your soups and stews.  This week’s Fresh Pick is chard.

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Fresh Pick – Challenge Accepted

A couple of Fridays ago, I challenged you to try a new fruit or vegetable in lieu of my usual Fresh Pick Friday post.  The idea was to get you thinking about different foods and encourage you to try something new.  Food should be fun, and I think trying new things is one way to do just that.

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Fresh Pick – A Challenge for You

Normally on Friday, I talk about a fruit or vegetable that is in season and local to British Columbia in hopes that you might be inspired to try something new.  I thought that I would mix things up a bit this week.  Instead of sharing this week’s Fresh Pick,
I challenge you to try a new fruit or vegetable this weekend.

garlic scapes

It can be anything, from anywhere, as long as it is new to you.  You can ask the produce manager or farmer (if purchasing from the farmers market) for recommendations on how to prepare it, or you could research it online.

I’d love to hear what you tried and how you liked it (or didn’t).  You can share your findings below in the comments.

Fresh Pick – Fennel

We are coming to the end of the fennel season here in BC, but I thought it would be fun to throw in something a little different to get us thinking outside the box.

Fennel

Fennel is a unique looking vegetable.  It is white and bulbous at the base with long green fronds that look a lot like dill.  All parts of the plant are edible, and the flavour is akin to anise and licorice.  It’s one of those foods that people either love or hate.

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Pumpkins, Gratitude, and CSA Box Week 13

It’s been a busy week!  Midterms, getting ready for long weekend festivities, the hubby returned from a two week hunting trip, and did I mention midterms?  A whole week has gone by without a post, so we have lots to catch up on.

First off, it’s Fresh Pick Friday, and with Thanksgiving Day this Monday (for those of us north of the 49th) and Halloween just around the corner, so I couldn’t help but think about pumpkins.

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Fresh Pick – Cranberries

This week’s fresh pick is the tasty cranberry.  Fresh cranberries are crisp and tart, while dried cranberries are softer and sweeter.  Whichever one you prefer, cranberries are a versatile food that can add great flavour and nutrition to both sweet and savoury dishes.

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Fresh Pick – Potatoes

Potatoes have developed a bad reputation over the years.  Some varieties have a high glycemic index, and they are usually shunned by those following a low carb diet.  Personally, I think that potatoes can be part of a healthy diet, so long as you steer clear of French fries (so hard, I know) and keep the skin on when you cook them.  Most of the potatoes nutrients are found in the skin.

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Fresh Pick – Apples

When most people think about September, apples come to mind.  They are associated with the start of the school year and the beginning of fall.  They are also associated with good health.  As the saying goes, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.”  In truth, it’s not quite that simple, but apples do provide nutritional benefits.  They are an excellent source of soluble fibre and even provide a modest amount of Vitamin C.

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Fresh Pick – Raspberries

Well, it’s happened.  The leaves on the trees have started to change colour.  I have mixed feelings about this time of year.  On the one hand, I do love the crispness in the morning and evening air, but I also know that once fall passes the rains will come.  And the grey.

The good news is that summer is not over just yet.  There is still time to enjoy what the season has to offer.  With that in mind, this week’s Fresh Pick is raspberries.

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Fresh Pick – Beets

Today I am starting a new weekly series called Fresh Pick Friday where I will feature a local and in-season whole food. It could be a fruit, a vegetable, some local seafood, or even a nut (yes, we grow nuts here). Follow along and you will learn what foods are in season in BC throughout the year, new ideas for meals and snacks, and maybe a nutrition tidbit or two. Don’t forget to add the Fresh Pick to your grocery list!

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