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“Are these bananas ready to eat?”

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TROPIC AL

PINEAPPLE   • firm, golden - yellow shell   • green leaves that pull out with ease MANGOES   • full, plump and round, especially around the stem AVOCADOS   • slightly soft, dark green skin COCONUT   • heavy for its size with liquid inside BANANAS   • yellow with a few brown spots

too fresh

fresh

ripe

too ripe

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“Are these oranges seedless?”

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CITRUS

LEMONS AND LIMES   • bright, vibrantly - colored   • slightly soft KUMQUAT   • firm, bright orange - colored   • avoid those with a green tint GRAPEFRUIT   • large, soft, but not mushy   • a pleasing aroma ORANGES   • smooth, vibrant, dark skin   • heavy for its size NAVEL seedless, peel easily

VALENCIA great for juicing

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“What’s the difference between all of these apples?”

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ANJOU sweet, hint of citrus

BOSC crisp, honey flavor

COMICE buttery, sweet

SECKEL crunchy, ultra - sweet

BARTLET T common pear, juicy

ASIAN texture of an apple, pear taste

CORED FRUIT

PEARS   • medium size with few blemishes   • gives slighty around the stem

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APPLES   firm, uniform shape without any discolorations or bruises

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FUJI firm and very sweet

BRAEBURN firm, crisp, and sweet-tart

GAL A crisp, juicy and sweet

GINGER GOLD creamy, mild sweet

GOLDEN DELICIOUS sweet and mild

CORTL AND crisp, slightly tart - sweet

RED DELICIOUS sweet and juicy

YORK firm, crisp, and slighty tart

GRANNY SMITH crisp, tart, and juicy

HONEYCRISP firm, sweet, and juicy


JONAGOLD sweet - tart, juicy

PAUL ARED crisp, tart, and juicy

PINK L ADY crisp, juicy and sweet

IDARED slightly tart, juicy

LODI tart and juicy

SHEEPNOSE firm, mild sweet

MACOUN sweet, juicy, and aromatic

ROME slightly tart, crisp

NORTHERN SPY crisp, juicy, and rich

CORED FRUIT

M c INTOSH slightly tart, very juicy

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“How do you pick out a good melon?”

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MELONS

CANTALOUPE   • beige color with grey webbing, an indention where the stem should be   • sweet smell, the blossom end should give slightly HONEYDEW   • pale yellow - green color   • sweet smell, the blossom end should give slightly CANARY   • firm, bright yellow with few blemishes WATERMELON   • dark green with little contrast in color of stripes, cream - colored spot   • uniform shape and heavy for its size

good

ok

bad

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“How hot are these peppers?�

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BELL 0 heat units

POBL ANO 2,000 heat units

JAL APENO 5,000 heat units

SERRANO 10,000 heat units

TOBASCO 30,000 heat units

CAYENNE 50,000 heat units

HABANERO 200,000 heat units

GHOST 1,000,000 heat units

PEPPERS

PEPPERS   firm, without wrinkles

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“What is a shallot?”

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RUSSET POTATO best for baking and frying

RED POTATO used in soups and stews

SWEET POTATO has a naturally sweet taste

GOLD POTATO best for mashed potatoes

BULBS   firm, crackly outer skin, with a mild scent WHITE ONION mild flavor, used for cooking

SHALLOT mild, garlic/onion flavor

RED ONION mild flavor, used on raw foods

YELLOW ONION sweet, strong flavor for cooking

TUBERS + BULBS

TUBERS   avoid potatoes with a green tint or ones that are starting to sprout

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