Hotshots-17 December 2014
Hello dear Ones!
My name is Sarah and I will be providing you with weekly hot shots along with my partner in crime Markus. It has been a little over three months that I have joined the Disco sales team. Feel lucky to work with warm, kind people and be surrounded by all this fresh organic produce! Aaahhhh! I will be sharing what’s hot, what’s new, what’s exciting, what’s in season, what’s local along with recipe suggestions and fun health facts. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Here is what I found in the coolers Sunday morning:
Cherry Bomb Peppers – COVILLI Mexico
Put a little punk rock in your food. Ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb peppers are the cute little ones above. Don’t underestimate how cute they are, they pack the same heat as jalapeño peppers.
Carnival Peppers – ORIGINO
As you know annual carnival peppers have arrived. Following what Randy mentioned in last weeks’ produce update (the blurb at the top of your price list – if you bother to read it which I think you should – helps you understand what the heck is going on with produce in the world). Coloured peppers start off green, and as they sweeten they go to red, orange, yellow. So, they will be multi-coloured on arrival and turn on the shelf to one of those 3 colours. Exciting right?! They are still available so come get them before they are gone! Perfect festive pepper for the holidays.
Avocado (20 CT) – PRAGOR
Here we have Avo galore!!! Hoping this is what Heaven looks like J By far my favourite fruit of all time and one I cannot live without! There is just something about opening a perfect avocado like the one you see above. Our avocados have been looking fantastic and tasting avomaaazing! Randy made a scrumptious guacamole for our Christmas staff party Saturday night and it was simply delish!
Envy Apple!!! – ENZA Washigton
These beauties have been a big hit at Disco and among our dream sales team. Kristi, Charmaine and Jackie bought a case and split it three ways. They could not stop talking about how good these apples were so Markus and I cut a few open as you can see above. Boy oh boy were they delicious!! It is a cross between a Braeburn and gala apple. Definitely a sweet crisp apple to try and if you don’t you will be green with envy or in this case red with envy for these apples. They are selling fast so hurry!
Blackberries 6 x 1oz – HBF Mexico
Fresh Cranberries 16 x 8oz – SPRINGBROOK New Brunswick
Tis the season for cranberries. These little berries are fresh, beautiful and packed full of health benefits!
Health fact: High in vitamin C and fiber but more importantly there are 5 categories of phytonutrients that help keep you alive and prevent disease and keep your body working properly. Cranberries have been studied for their anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
What are you waiting for? Come relish the benefits on your next order and spread the word!
Raw cranberry relish recipe:
1 cup fresh cranberries
4 Medjool dates
2 Tbsp chopped ginger
tsp. sea salt
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup loose mint leaves
1/2 red apple
Simply blend the ingredients in a food processor.
Snow Peas / Sugar Snap Peas 11# – DEL CABO Mexico
These are so so sooo good as is, raw. They would be even better with a little vinaigrette on top!
Mandarins 4lb – EARTHBORN China
Available through the holiday season!
Purple Daikon – COKE FARM
Pickled Daikon Recipe
1 large purple daikon radish, sliced
3/4 cup water
1 1/4 unseasoned rice vinegar
splash soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
Thumb-sized piece of ginger, smashed with back of spoon
Warm the liquids with the sugar and salt in a small nonreactive pot, just until the sugar dissolves. Keeps for two weeks in the fridge.
Nopales Cactus Pads – RANCHO LAS ESTRELLAS California
These strange prickly pads are called Nopales which means Prickly Pear Cactus Pads in Spanish and are native to Mexico.
Interesting fact: “Native Americans used Nopales to poultice bruises and dress wounds. They also boiled and crushed the pads, then added the sticky juice to mortar or whitewash to increase adhesiveness”.
Learn more: http://www.desertusa.com/lil/lil_02.html
Pineapple Gold Sweet 8ct – SOURCE ORGANIC Costa Rica.
Health fact: high in bromelain (enzyme found in Pineapple) that aids in increasing blood circulation, is an anti-inflammatory and immune booster.
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