Have you tried Fiddlehead Ferns?

Fiddlehead Ferns You may not have heard of them but they are a nutritious vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes. Fiddlehead ferns are tightly coiled ferns that grow across the northern territories of the US and Canada. Found as far south as the Southern Appalachians and Northern California in the shady areas near rivers and in hardwood forests.

These greens are an excellent source of vitamins A and C that can add diversity to many dishes. The flavor is described as a mild taste similar to asparagus or artichoke and can be prepared numerous ways. They are excellent marinated, pickled, sauteed, incorporated into soups, pasta, stir fry’s or cooked, then chilled to add to salads. Also wonderful served with a Hollandaise sauce.Fiddlehead w label

Available in the spring from April through mid-June, if you don’t find them in your grocery, ask the produce manager to purchase this healthy seasonal item.

 

What are Microgreens?

Microgreens are the first growth of herbs and vegetables such as basil, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, cress, daikon, kale, parsley and radishes that are a ready-to-eat, healthy alternative or addition to lettuce.  They taste like their “big brother”,the full grown produce, and are great for topping a variety of dishes including salads, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, fish or any other dish you create. Chefs have been creating fabulous dishes with Microgreens for years, now here is the opportunity for you to purchase them.

Go Micro! MicroGreens  are available in four different blends:  Kale Combo, Veggies Galore, Spicy Selection and Italian Blend and can be found  next to the lettuce in your grocery store.  If you don’t see them, request them.  They will be a great addition to your shopping cart.  For the SmartPhone user  the display includes QR codes for you to look-up photographs, ideas and recipes before leaving the store.  You will love the flavor Microgreens will add to your culinary creations, fresh out of the package with no cooking required, and you will know that you are using a healthy, affordable fresh produce product that is grown in the USA.

Pomegranates, Healthy Delicious and Easy to Eat?

Pomegranates have never been known for being easy to eat, but now you can enjoy the sweet, tart taste of pomegranates without the messy, difficult-to-peel fruit covering.  Arils are the translucent flesh surrounding the pomegranate seeds, and comprise the delicious edible part of the fruit.  Our retail package provides an easy way to enjoy this delicacy without having to do the hard work of getting them from the fruit.

Pomegranate Arils can be used to top your favorite salads, hot and cold cereals, desserts, used in sauces, cocktails, as a garnish or simply eaten right out of the package.  The seeds provide additional fiber to the high levels of antioxidants, vitamin c, and

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potassium this superfood provides.

Look for them in your local grocery, and if you don’t see them ask your produce manager to request Lucinda’s Pomegranate Arils from their local supplier.

Healthy, Easy and Ready to Eat

Rosemary Skewers Add Flavor to Your BBQ

rosemary kabobsDo you want to cook like Michael Chiarello and Emeril Lagasse? These chefs, among others have found that Rosemary Skewers not only infuse a subtle flavor to your kabobs but they also create an attractive presentation of the dish.  They are a great substitution for the plain bamboo skewers we have been using.  Available in your grocery store this product will add wonderful flavor to your grilling.  If you don’t see them in your grocery, ask for them.

The skewers come prepackaged and cut to the appropriate length. You just remove the lower rosemary leaves, leaving about one to two inches at the top and reserving  the remaining leaves for another dish.  Add the meat, vegetables, cheese or whatever you like to the kabob, marinate and grill.

Try Rosemary Skewers with your next summer barbeque and create a dish that will be unforgettable.

Pine Nuts for Health

In addition to providing texture, fragrance and a mild creamy flavor to dishes, pine nuts are used in herbal remedies, have been known to stimulate memory, treat herpes and improve heart health through the lowering of cholesterol.  Harvested from the core of the pine cone, this food once considered to be exotic is now readily available and is a staple in Southern European dishes like pesto and Italian pasta sauces.

There are many health benefits to eating pine nuts.  The monosaturated fats and protein levels are high and studies show they are good for energy and stamina for athletic events, help to reduce the stress in high pressure situations and stimulate brain activity much like fish and fish oils.

Studies also show that along with other factors, eating monosaturated fats can lower unhealthy cholesterol levels in the blood and along with weight loss will reduce acid indigestion.  One factor that will improve your heart health is healthier eating by replacing high fat snacks such as chips and cookies with nuts.  In addition, pine nuts contain fiber, Vitamin E, alphalinolenic acid, oleic acid, magnesium, potassium and arginine, which also promote heart health.

Check out some of our great pine nut recipes.

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the benefits of pine nuts in the diet. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively.

Ready to Grill?

recipes for the grillAre you itching to get outside and grill?  Who says you have to wait until summer.

Fire up that grill and try out our newest recipe, Grilled Chicken with Fresh Poultry Blend.

You’ll love the fresh flavors and the change of pace.

Coosemans DC Delivers Local Produce

Coosemans DC will help Blue Ridge Produce take their locally grown produce to the grocers throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Blue Ridge Produce aggregates fresh fruit and vegetables grown by  local farms throughout Virginia and the Washington DC area.  They strive to work with farms who are organic and low spray producers of fruits and vegetables.
Learn more about Blue Ridge Produce:

What is that prickly thing?

Well, if you lived in southeast Asia, this fruit would be as common to you as a Red Delicious Apple.

It’s called a Rambutan.

The edible fruit is its translucent flesh which is has a sweet, mildly acidic flavor.  Inside the flesh is a glossy brown seed which is poisonous and should not be eaten.

It is named Rambutan because of its fleshy, pliable spines.  The name is derived from the Malayan word ‘rambut’ which means hairs.