A Lesson in Lemons

Look for lemons that are firm, feel heavy for their size and have a bright yellow color. Avoid any with bruises or wrinkles.
Store at room temperature for about 3 days. For longer storage,…

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Add Zest to Fruit

“I sprinkle fresh or canned fruit with confectioners’ sugar and a teaspoon of orange drink mix,” writes Jan T. of Vancouver, Washington. “It adds a bit of zest and also keeps the fruit from…

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All About Apples

Everyone knows that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." That's because apples are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2 and C. They also contain numerous minerals, such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium…

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All About Oranges

Oranges are classified into grades: U.S. Fancy (the best) and U.S. No. 1. Pick citrus fruits that feel heavy for their size; they're bound to be the juiciest. The best picks will also be firm and…

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All About Pears

Pears are available year-round but peak season is July through January.

A bosc pear has a sweet and spicy taste and is good for snacking, poaching and cooking.

A comice pear tastes…

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Berry Basics

For maximum freshness and flavor, follow these tips for buying and storing berries.

Purchase berries that are brightly colored and plump. Blueberries should have a silver frosted appearance.…

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Berry Beautiful Centerpiece

Table toppers don't have to take a lot of thought or effort. A patriotic bowl brimming with red raspberries and blueberries is a simple Memorial Day centerpiece you can produce in minutes.

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Berry Buying Basics

Select berries that are in dry unstained containers. Stained containers may indicate oversoft berries that are not freshly picked. Mold on berries spreads quickly. Never leave a moldy berry next…

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Best Baked Apples

Firm-fleshed apples are best for baking whole. Varieties include Empire, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Rome Beauty and Royal Gala.

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Buying and Storing Fresh Strawberries

Purchase strawberries that are shiny, firm and very fragrant. A strawberry should be almost completely red, though some whiteness near the leafy cap is acceptable.

Refrigerate unwashed…

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