Hotshots-22 December 2014
Howdy Dear Ones!
Christmas is nearly here!! Wow. I can feel the holiday cheer and spirit in the air. There is so much chocolate and sweets around the office I hope I don’t pass out in a case of broccoli soon!
It’s that time of year where we all indulge a little more than usual, good thing we are surrounded by fresh organic produce to keep us on the right track.
On that note, here is what I found in the coolers Sunday morning:
Pears Galore! We just got in some lovely pears this week from Harkers Fruit Ranch in Cawston, BC that I am very excited to share with all of you.
Starting from the left.
Abate Fetel – HARKERS FRUIT
- Rich sweet taste that is much more pronounced than Anjou and Bartlett varieties.
- Slightly crisp, yet melting texture.
- Excellent for baking and/or eating out of hand.
*Cool fact: Abate Fetel is a favorite native variety of Italy that was bred by a group of monks in the 15thcentury and is considered a very special delicacy.
Concorde Pear – HARKERS FRUIT
- Originated in England.
- It is a cross between a Conference and Comice pear.
- Best multi-purpose and dessert quality pears available today.
Conference Pear – HARKERS FRUIT
- Best known of all pears.
- Excellent eaten as a dessert pear but also exceptional when cooked.
- Can be eaten hard or fully ripe with a smooth juicy flavour.
*Cool fact: named Conference in 1895 after the ‘British National Pear Conference’ where it was first revealed.
Taylor’s Gold Pear – HARKERS FRUIT
- Related to Comice pear.
- Sweet and juicy flesh is so smooth that it almost melts in your mouth.
- Good pear for making jams, jellies, and sauces.
- Perfect for salads or light desserts and also excellent for baking.
*Cool fact: Taylor’s Gold is a natural mutation of Comice pear and was discovered in New Zealand in 1986.
Purple Redbor Kale – BOSKOVICH California
Purple Redbor is back!! This leafy green has become more popular and trendy that it is not uncommon to see it on your dinner menu nowadays. I really enjoy kale and its versatility! So many options; smoothies, salads, chips, soups, I love it! Don’t be afraid of green. To get you better acquainted, if you haven’t already, is my go -to kale chips recipe below.
Kale Chips Recipe (varieties are endless, get creative!)
2 kale bunches (purple redbor, lacinato or green curly)
- Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt to taste
- Splash of lemon juice
- 3 clove of crushed garlic
Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. De-stem the kale. Toss olive oil, salt, lemon juice and crushed garlic in a large bowl. Massage kale with hands until leaves are well covered. Spread evenly on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until leaves are dry and crisp, stirring about halfway through. Then voila! Kale, your new friend with benefits!
Avocado 60 CT 25# – PRAGOR Mexico
These cases of avos are an amazing deal! Guacamole is a perfect party food over the holiday season. So what are you waiting for?
Red Chard – SUE HEGER California
Peekaboo! I was having a little fun in the veg cooler playing with these huuuge beauuuuutiful red chard leaves. Can you tell?!
Health fact: chard is packed full of vitamins, nutrients and trace minerals which include vitamins K,C, A, E, riboflavin and vitamin B6. All of this helps manage; diabetes, cancer prevention, bone health, blood circulation, blood pressure and heart health, eye and hair health.
*The leaves make for a great wrap which is a nice option if you are gluten-free or want to switch things up!
Fair Trade Blueberries 12 x 6oz clamshell – INTERRUPCION F.T. Chile
We have blueberries!! Not only are blueberries delicious and convenient to eat but they are also bursting with antioxidants!
Health fact: antioxidants found in these little berries are known to help cells across the body fight disease. Other health benefits include; helps with weight-loss, improves memory, boost heart health, improves vision.
Short and sweet this week. Hope you enjoyed it. Wishing you all a very jolly and festive Merry Christmas from all of us at Disco!
As Randy so eloquently put it on this week’s produce update (you know the blurb on top of the price list!) As the slowest days in the produce industry near, it is a time when you can maybe turn the produce stress part of your brain off for a bit, spend time with family and friends and savour eating the fruit and veg you worry about every other waking moment…and we will try to do the same. Could not have said it better myself, happy holidays!
Big- BIG-BIGGEST Love,