It’s that time of the year again in Minnesota…fresh and local produce will be available very soon. It has been a strange weather here with winter lingering into April and May and then blazing hot temps so it should be interesting.

Regardless of the weather, each there is a “dirty dozen” list – foods that are better options if organically grown because of pesticides. The list does seem to change from year to year. I thought this article/slideshow really explains it well.

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Posted by admin, filed under Fruits, Local Food Connections, Organic Choices, Vegetables. Date: May 17, 2013, 10:18 am | Comments Off on Organic or Not – That is the Question

Hi everyone,

While grocery shopping with my grandson, who is 4 years old, we started playing the alphabet game in the produce department. It gave me a great idea for my blog. I am going to select a letter of the alphabet each month and cover a fruit, vegetable or an herb or spice. Just sounded like fun, so let’s get started.

A is for Avocado and a favorite in our house. After living in California for most of my life and, at one time, having avocado trees in my backyard, I check the grocery sales each week for specials.  Although Haas avocados can tolerate cooler temperatures, it is just a bit too cold in MN, so we, obviously, look to outside sources.

The Haas is probably my favorite avocado and that is partly because they are available all year.  Because the avocado has a seed, it is considered a fruit, not a vegetable. It has the nickname of “Alligator Pear” because of the skin on the outside and the shape of the avocado resembles a pear.

Despite the bad rap about the fat, avocados contain a healthy fat that should be included in your diet, possibly as a substitute for other fats you might eat. Avocados also have lutein, which is great for the eyes,  lots of vitamins and minerals and contain more fiber than any other fruit.

San Diego County produces about 60% of the avocado crops in California and Fallbrook, CA (San Diego County)  calls itself the “Avocado Capital of the World”. Each year they have an Avocado Festival, which I think would be a not only fun, but some pretty good avocado tasting too.

There are several resources for more information on avocados, so check them out:

Get creative, enjoy that avocado and check back for our next “A is for….” post.

Take care,



Posted by admin, filed under Alphabet Posts, Fruits. Date: February 10, 2011, 5:37 pm | Comments Off on A is for ….Avocado