Fruits

Mango Season!

By Linda Hoffman | March 19, 2018

It’s Mango Season!   We’re coming into mango season.  While they are available year round, the smaller Champagne mangos are in season only March through May.  The larger varieties of mangos mature at different times.  But Hawaii and Florida mangos are both in season June and July.  Enjoy them while they are plentiful and inexpensive.…

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Persimmons!

By Linda Hoffman | December 17, 2017

Persimmons are a Japanese fruit that come in two shapes.  The flattened shape in the photo above is the Fuyu persimmon, eaten raw while still firm in salads or as a snack.  The tall acorn shaped variety is the Hachiya, only eaten when soft or it will pucker the mouth because it is so astringent.…

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Grilled Salmon Salad with Strawberries

By Linda Hoffman | August 13, 2013

Amy Kafka of Garden Sweet in Fort Collins has been farming since 2002 on leased land, growing a little bit of everything and introducing the strawberries for which she’s famous in 2003.  Farming leased land leaves a farmer vulnerable.  Losing the lease means loss of livelihood unless new land with water can be found quickly. …

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Apple Coffee Cake

By Linda Hoffman | January 23, 2013

It’s apple season again: crisp, juicy apples of all varieties, some sweet, some tart, but all healthful and nutritious.  Most of us think of either a brown bag lunch addition or something sugary, baked for dessert when we see the new fall crop.  But aside from a tasty, portable snack food, apples are a natural…

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Pomegranate Molasses

By Linda Hoffman | January 14, 2013

Pomegranates are in season, their deep red color perfect for the holidays, their seeds glistening like tiny rubies when used in a variety of dishes.  They will be available fresh for only another month, but their juice is in stores year round, either the POM brand found in coolers, or Knudsen’s Just Pomegranate on the…

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Cantaloupe

By Linda Hoffman | January 14, 2013

Colorado cantaloupe is not at the farmers’ markets yet, but will be within just a few weeks.  When fully ripe, cantaloupe is meltingly sweet and delicious, perfect for the stretch of hot weather we’ve had.  I serve it as an appetizer, sliced about ½ inch thick, and draped or even wrapped with paper-thin slices of…

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