Category Archives: fruits

Fruit Trees – A Family Tradition

Spring is absolutely one of my favorite times of year.  I look forward to planting my Spring vegetable garden and I thoroughly enjoy the beauty of seeing everything in full bloom this time of year.

When I was growing up it was very common to see fruit trees all over our neighborhood.   Some of my fondest memories were plum, pear, and peach trees growing in our yard and also in my great-grandmotherdear’s yard, just one block up the street from our home. I will always remember the muscadine grape vines growing in her backyard....

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Let’s Make a Conserve

I have an extensive library of both old and new canning books, magazines and recipes that I have collected over the years, and I still refer to several of my old books from time to time for a good throwback recipe. I discovered several of my favorite conserve recipes in some of these classic canning books. One of my books is titled “Putting Food By” – which is what they used to call it back in the day when my Great Grandmother, Mother Dear, we called her “Mu-dear” was growing grapevines and canning all sorts of things from her garden....
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Falling in Love with Fall Produce

What’s in Season?

EARLY FALL Beans & Peas (Fresh Shell & Snap) Cucumber Eggplant Melons Okra Peppers Squash (Summer Varieties) Tomatoes Watermelon   LATE FALL Apples Beets Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Cauliflower Cabbage Carrots Celery Chard Collards Fava Beans Green Onion Kale Lettuce Mustard Greens Pears Pecans Persimmons Pomegranates Potatoes Pumpkins Radishes Rutabaga Spinach Squash (Winter Varieties) Sweet Potatoes Turnips FALL FARMER’S MARKET RECIPES This collection of recipes takes advantage of fresh, fall farmers market produce. Get inspired by recipes for apples, pears, grapes, pumpkin and winter squashes. Read more: Fall into recipes:
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Health Benefits of Eating Cucumbers

The next time you are in your grocery store or supermarket, pick up a handful of firm, dark green cucumbers and pop them into your shopping basket. Congratulations! You have just bought yourself a fruit (yes, the cool cuke is fruit, not a vegetable) full of good health! Because cucumbers are mostly water, they are low in calories -- even a large cucumber contains less than 100 calories -- but they still come loaded with nutritional value. Eaten either fresh or as a pickle, cucumbers have numerous health benefits, even though they may not be full of flavor. Add them to...
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