As an entity in the middle of the fruit & vegetable supply chain, our relationships on both sides of the operation are essential.  Growers & shippers of fresh produce are Indy Fruit's valued vendor partners.  Without their help and support we could not supply our retail customers, the grocery stores, with the fruits and veggies that all us consumers need/want! Produce is a very "subject to market availability" industry.  The cost & availability of the goods we represent changes daily - often multiple times a day.  Dan Corsaro is one of my bosses & an owner of Indy Fruit.  He has an inspiring passion for all things produce.  Danny has two very famous taglines related to the day-to-day operations of produce distribution:
  • "We shop the world"
  • "We sell it or smell it"
Both mantras are beyond true.  This industry will keep any good procurement & sales team on their toes.  Next time you shop for fruits & veggies, take a minute to look at the PLU stickers (the numeric codes on your produce) - every PLU sticker identifies the commodity's country of origin.  Of course a ton of produce grows with great success here in the United States - California, Washington, New York, Texas, Florida, Iowa, Idaho and many more states farm to keep us Americans well fed.  However, as you keep an eye out for the country of origin on your produce, you will start to notice things like Pears from Argentina, Kiwi from Italy, Grapes from South Africa, Peaches from Chile, and here in a just a couple of months... Apples from New Zealand will grace the shelves of your local produce department. This week Dan Corsaro visited Freshco, an export company that handles an array of quality fruit and vegetables, grown both conventionally and organically throughout New Zealand.  New Zealand has a wonderful climate, fertile soils and an abundance of pure water - making this country a mecca for agriculture.  Freshco, like Indy Fruit, is dedicated to supplying consumers with the freshest & most flavorful fruits and vegetables.  It is with great pride that we call Freshco one of our partners. [caption id="attachment_1981" align="aligncenter" width="160"]Freshco is a valued vendor partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company Freshco is a valued vendor partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company[/caption] The Breeze Apple is Freshco's new apple variety & is grown with pride in their New Zealand orchards.  Breeze has been praised for its sweet flavor, the crunch & the gorgeous appearance.  Currently, Breeze apples are only available from Freshco in New Zealand and are in high demand around the globe.  Indy Fruit's unique relationship with Freshco will help get the Breeze apple to the United States & hopefully into a grocery store near you! [caption id="attachment_1982" align="aligncenter" width="250"]breeze apples have sold out in New Zealand - we are thrilled to be one of the distributors bringing this exciting new apple variety to the United States! Breeze Apples are available now in New Zealand - Indy Fruit is thrilled to bring this exciting new apple variety to the United States![/caption] The next time you shop for produce, take a minute to look at where it is from.  I love teaching my kids about the world as we shop for fruits & veggies.  We look up the countries on the map when we get home from the store & take turns guessing how many days it takes for the fruit to travel from its country of origin to our local grocery store. Know that each stage of this global industry's supply chain is staffed with individuals who are working around the clock & "shopping the world" to make sure your family has the freshest & most flavorful produce available!  When I was working as a sales rep I would often envision families sitting at their kitchen table & enjoying the fresh fruits and veggies I was selling to the grocery stores.  There's just a lot of love in food.  Produce industry professionals are passionate about bringing wholesome foods into your home kitchens.  Fostering global relationships and international vendor partners are just one of the essential components that happens "behind the scenes" in this industry.   We want to make sure that consumers have a wide variety of fresh fruits & vegetables available at their local grocery store throughout the entire year.  Buying products from Freshco is just one of the ways that Indy Fruit helps keep your produce department stocked. Please enjoy this exclusive look at the Breeze Apple fields & Freshco operation - "The Fresh Fruit Company of New Zealand."  Thank you to Freshco for being a valued partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company. [caption id="attachment_1979" align="aligncenter" width="224"]Dan Corsaro is introduced to Breeze Apples at the Freshco Office Dan Corsaro is introduced to Breeze Apples at the Freshco Office[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1977" align="aligncenter" width="224"]In the field with some of the newly-planted breeze apple trees In the field with some of the newly-planted breeze apple trees[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1976" align="aligncenter" width="224"]Freshco Harvest of Granny Smith Apples Freshco Harvest of Golden Delicious Apples[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1978" align="aligncenter" width="224"]Danny assisting with the Harvest Danny assisting with the Harvest[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1980" align="aligncenter" width="224"]2 large bins - the fruits of Freshco's labor & Danny's assistance. 2 large bins ready for the packing house[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1983" align="aligncenter" width="223"]"Now that's a good apple.  When can we start selling it?" "Now this is a good apple. When can we start selling it?"[/caption]   Enjoy! xoxo Produce Mom         [post_title] => Indy Fruit Visits New Zealand Grower [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => indy-fruit-visits-new-zealand-grower [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-04-05 14:55:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-04-05 18:55:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1974 [menu_order] => 456 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1952 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2013-04-01 13:29:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-04-01 13:29:20 [post_content] => It's Artichoke Season!  And this fiber powerhouse is one of my very favorite foods!  We will have a few blogs coming up about artichokes & the various ways to prepare them.  This yummy stuffed artichoke was something Chef Concetta & I made last week in the test kitchen.  I also served it over the weekend at my family's Easter dinner... rave reviews all around. [caption id="attachment_1954" align="aligncenter" width="300"]wash in cold water wash with cold water[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1957" align="aligncenter" width="300"]"top" the artichoke "top" the artichoke[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1967" align="aligncenter" width="300"]"tail" the artichoke "tail" the artichoke[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1958" align="aligncenter" width="300"]optional step:  for restaurant presentation, cut petals with scissors to create flat, uniform  tops optional step: for restaurant presentation, cut petals with scissors to create flat, uniform tops[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1959" align="aligncenter" width="300"]scoop out the fuzzy choke scoop out the fuzzy choke[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1960" align="aligncenter" width="300"]let cleaned/trimmed choke hang out in acidulated water while you finish your prep let cleaned/trimmed choke hang out in acidulated water while you finish your prep[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1961" align="aligncenter" width="300"]fill with stuffing fill with stuffing[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1963" align="aligncenter" width="300"]open up outer petals & put stuffing in there, as well! as choke steams the outer petals will become tender & edible. open up outer petals & put stuffing in there, as well! as choke steams the outer petals will become tender & edible.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1962" align="aligncenter" width="300"]pour water into baking dish pour water into baking dish & cover with foil[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1953" align="aligncenter" width="300"]bake until bottom of artichoke is tender enough for a knife to easily insert into it bake until bottom of artichoke is tender enough for a knife to easily insert into it[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1964" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables - full of nutrition & a fiber leader! Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables - full of nutrition & a fiber leader![/caption] [recipe] Enjoy![wpurp-searchable-recipe]Stuffed Artichokes - - artichoke, lemon, bread crumbs (dried), parmesan cheese (freshly grated), asiago cheese (grated), parsley (chopped), granulated garlic, olive oil (extra virgin), salt and pepper (to taste), Preheat oven to 425°F. Rinse the artichokes in cold water. Zest the 2 lemons & set aside. Juice the lemons in a large bowl & fill with ice cold water. ; Slice off the top 1″ of the artichokes, to just expose the heart. Remove the stem by slicing off completely, creating a flat base so the artichoke can stand upright. Using a spoon, melon baller or grapefruit spoon, scoop out the fuzzy “choke” in the center of the artichoke. Place the cleaned/cored artichoke in the bowl of acidulated water. ; Combine bread crumbs, cheeses, parsley, lemon zest, garlic & olive oil in a large bowl & mix well. ; Remove the artichokes from the water & place in an oven proof baking dish. Fill each artichoke with equal amounts of stuffing. Pour an inch of water into the bottom of the dish. Cover with foil & place in oven for 45 minutes, until bottom of artichoke is tender. ; - [/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Stuffed Artichokes [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => stuffed-artichokes [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-04-01 13:29:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-04-01 13:29:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1952 [menu_order] => 447 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1933 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2013-03-28 13:55:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-03-28 17:55:35 [post_content] => Mango is the most popular fruit in the world!  There are countless varieties grown around the globe.  These varieties vary in color, shape, and size—so to determine ripeness, do NOT judge a mango by the color of its skin!  There are many mangoes that are solid green when ripe.  Mangoes are ripe when they are slightly soft, fragrant, and heavy for their size. Some of us avoid eating mangoes because we just don't know what to do with them! The mango has a semi-thick skin which you do not not eat, and an odd-shaped pit that runs from top to bottom through the center of the fruit.  It's common to find grown adults who have never tried a mango, the most popular fruit in the world!  Listen, mangoes are so popular because they are so freaking good!  You gotta get your hands on one if you are among the many who have been deprived. Here's a step-by-step guide for slicing a mango. This method is also referred to as "the hedgehog."

How To Slice a Mango

Step 1:

Remove the 2 cheeks, or sides of a mango, by slicing along the sides of the flat, oblong pit nestled inside the mango. How to slice a mango

Step 2:

Using a paring knife, slice the mango cheeks in a vertical & horizontal fashion to create a checkerboard affect. Be very careful to not slice through the skin! How to Slice Mango How to Slice Mango

Step 3:

Press the mango inside out to form the Mango Hedgehog! Easily peel away the mango cubes with your fingers or use a knife to dislodge from the skin. How to Slice Mango How to Slice Mango

Watch a video tutorial of the "hedgehog" method!

Mango is one of my favorites and is also a featured favorite in my school foodservice program, Find Your Favorite. Check out the website to see which hero named Mango as his/her favorite produce item!  Tweet or post a picture on my Facebook Page of you and your family enjoying this tasty tropical fruit.  My kids love mango—I'm sure yours will too :-) How to Slice Mango   Now that you know how to slice a mango, try this recipe for Mango Salsa. It's so simple, yet so delicious! Enjoy! xoxo Produce Mom PS. Don't forget to subscribe to The Produce Mom newsletter for more helpful produce tips!

Having trouble with the "hedgehog" method? Try cutting a mango with the "glass" method instead! Here's how: 

[post_title] => How to Slice Mango [post_excerpt] => Here's a step-by-step guide for slicing a mango. This method is also referred to as "the hedgehog." [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => slice-a-mango [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-03-28 13:55:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-03-28 17:55:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1933 [menu_order] => 457 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 3 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1926 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2013-03-22 13:54:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-03-22 13:54:20 [post_content] => Who loves Sweet Onions?  Who loves Onion Rings?  Who hates deep fried foods? Well... you are going to LOVE this recipe!  It's a healthy take on a not-so-healthy favorite! [recipe] Oven Baked Onion Rings Don't blame me when you get addicted!!!! Enjoy! xoxo Produce Mom[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Oven Baked Onion Rings - - sweet onion, flour, buttermilk (lowfat), egg, cornflakes, breadcrumbs (plain), garlic salt, olive oil ((or non-stick spray)), Preheat oven to 450 F. Spray a large baking sheet generously with olive oil. ; Slice sweet onion into 1/4″-1/2″ rounds. Separate into rings & discard the small inner core circles. ; In a mixing bowl, beat together eggs & buttermilk. Set aside.; Pulse together cornflakes & breadcrumbs in a food processor until fine crumb texture. In a large bowl, mix together cornflake mixture, paprika & garlic salt. Set aside.; Lightly spray the rings with olive oil & dredge in the flour. ; Dip rings into the egg mixture and then dredge rings in the cornflake mixture. *If a thicker breading is desired, repeat. ; Arrange rings on sprayed baking sheet. Spray top of rings with olive oil. Bake at 450 F for 15-18 min or until golden brown, turning once after 7 min of baking. ; - [/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Oven Baked Onion Rings [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => oven-baked-onion-rings [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-03-22 13:54:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-03-22 13:54:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1926 [menu_order] => 448 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1909 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2013-03-21 15:10:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-03-21 19:10:18 [post_content] => I love oranges!  They are such a tasty treat—I usually just peel them & eat.  Super convenient for my on-the-go lifestyle!  My kids, however, are really turned off by the "white skin" on the oranges.  This "white skin" is the pith, which is part of the albedo.  The albedo is the spongy white stuff that is found under the orange flavedo/rind.  It actually is full of Vitamin C, but the texture is odd & the flavor can be bitter.  The pith that remains on the fruit when you peel it is simply part of the albedo of the orange.  Even the membrane, the thin webby things that keeps the orange carpels in tact, can turn off consumers because of the texture.  Segmenting your oranges is a great way to alleviate texture woes with this fruit! How to Segment an Orange Segmented oranges completely remove the carpels from the pith & the membrane of the orange, allowing you to savor the sweetness and juicy goodness of oranges—nothing else :-)  Segmented oranges are a perfect addition to salads & side dishes, as well.  This method can be used with any citrus fruit.

How To Segment An Orange

Step 1:

Slice off the top & bottom of the orange. How to Segment an Orange

Step 2:

Remove the skin & white pith by starting at the top of the orange & slicing downward following the curve of the fruit. How to Segment an Orange   How to Segment an Orange

Step 3:

Using a paring knife, remove the orange segments by carefully running your knife between the orange segment & the connective membrane.  Cut deep with the tip of your knife until you reach the central column of the orange, and be careful to not cut through any of the membrane. How to Segment an Orange How to Segment an Orange   This is a fool-proof way for me to get the boys to eat oranges.  If your kids love canned mandarin oranges, yet balk at fresh oranges—try this easy preparation method.  It works in my household!  I'm convinced all consumer hesitations with oranges are due to texture, not flavor.  And luckily for all of us, oranges are pretty much available year round—check out Sunkist's Seasonal Fruit Chart for more details.  Spring is that unique time of year when orange aficionados can get their navel, valencia, blood AND cara cara fix, too! Enjoy! xoxo The Produce Mom Sign up here for our NEW weekly newsletter if you want more fun recipes, cooking tips, and more! OR  Text "TPM" to 66866 to sign up! [post_title] => How to Segment an Orange [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-to-segment-an-orange [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-03-21 15:10:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-03-21 19:10:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1909 [menu_order] => 458 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1903 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2013-03-20 12:13:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-03-20 12:13:48 [post_content] =>

"Plan your year in the spring, your day at dawn." - Chinese Proverb

March 20th!  Spring has sprung!  This is a glorious time of year for many reasons - a season of rebirth & an opportunity for all of us to start anew!  I LOVE SPRING.  Plus, so many awesome fruits & veggies are coming in season... Here's a list of some of my favorites:

FRUITS

  • Apricots
  • Honeydew
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries

VEGGIES

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Tender Lettuces & Greens: butter lettuce, leaf lettuce, spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, chard
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Sweet Onions
A great resource for all consumers is the Fruits & Veggies - More Matters website.  Check out their comprehensive list of seasonal produce... and remember, you can always savor the seasonal flavors of produce by enjoying fruits & veggies that are fresh, frozen, canned, dried & 100% juice!  It all counts & more does matter!!! My love to you during this spring season & always! xoxo Produce Mom [post_title] => SPRING: What's in Season? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => spring-whats-in-season [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-03-20 12:13:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-03-20 12:13:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1903 [menu_order] => 459 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1890 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2013-03-15 09:59:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-03-15 09:59:16 [post_content] => Irish Potato Cakes!  I was literally in heaven the moment I tasted these Chef Concetta masterpieces.  And the fact that the recipe calls for leftover mashed potatoes makes me smile!  To mimic the so-called Most Interesting Man in the World - "I don't often have leftover mashed potatoes, but when I do I make Irish Potato Cakes."  Someone get me a t-shirt with this saying on it!!! [recipe] Irish Potato Cakes So that's it.... the last of our St Patrick's Day Menu recipes.  It's bittersweet, no doubt.  Chef Concetta & I had a blast putting this holiday menu together for you!  And of course when your work day consists of preparing & tasting potato cakes, life is good!  I hope you have enjoyed this series.  We are now working on a complete Mother's Day Brunch Menu & we will be circulating some recipes for Easter & Passover, as well! St_Patricks_Day_Menu_Collage_Web View the entire St. Paddy's Day menu via the following: Corned Beef Scotch Eggs Rainbow Fruit Tray "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand." xoxo Produce Mom[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Irish Potato Cakes - - mashed potatoes (leftover from previous meal), flour (all-purpose, plus more for kneading), milk (whole), chives (chopped), salt and pepper (to taste), butter, Combine mashed potatoes, flour, milk & chives in a bowl; knead until smooth. Season with salt & pepper. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Roll the dough into 1/2 inch thick round. Using a cookie cutter, cut into cakes. ; Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. ; - [/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Irish Potato Cakes [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => irish-potato-cakes [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-03-15 09:59:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-03-15 09:59:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1890 [menu_order] => 449 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1882 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2013-03-14 11:07:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-03-14 11:07:43 [post_content] => So... this recipe does not feature a single fruit or vegetable!  But it's one of our favorite dishes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with so we had to share it! It's seriously the most delicious Scotch Eggs recipe you'll find, developed by our friend Chef Concetta. Serve these scotch eggs with Irish Potato Cakes and Corned Beef and Cabbage. [recipe] scotch eggs Chef_Concetta_Lori_Taylor_St_Patricks_Day_theme_Web2 Happy St. Patrick's Day! Let us know your favorite foods to celebrate within the comments below.  [wpurp-searchable-recipe]Scotch Eggs - - egg (hardboiled ), fennel sausage, bread crumbs (dry), egg (beaten), canola oil, Divide sausage into 8 equal round patties. ; Flatten patty, place egg inside & enclose hardboiled egg completely with sausage, patting sausage into place. ; Coat the egg in the breadcrumbs, dip them in the beaten eggs, and coat in the breadcrumbs again. Place in refrigerator to chill.; Heat oil in a Dutch oven to 350° F. Fry eggs 2 at a time for 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.; - [/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Scotch Eggs [post_excerpt] => Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Scotch Eggs. This is seriously the most delicious Scotch Eggs recipe you'll find! 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A Rainbow Fruit Tray to brighten your day!

This fruit tray is super easy to make and really versatile. It's perfect for St Patrick's Day, but works for many other occasions as well — a child's birthday party, family reunion, or baptism party for example.  A festive fruit tray not only tastes delicious but also makes for an adorable decoration and centerpiece for your get-together.  And you are going to LOVE the pot of gold fruit dip!  SO easy. SO yummy. Rainbow Fruit Tray with Pot of Gold Fruit Dip To make this tray, simply create arched rows of fruit that represent the colors of the rainbow.  Here are some examples of the fruit you can use for each color: RED - strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, cherries, pomegranate, plums ORANGE - oranges slices or segments, peaches, cantaloupe, papaya YELLOW - pineapple, mango, bananas, yellow watermelon, golden kiwi GREEN - kiwi, honeydew, green grapes BLUE - blueberries, blackberries, plums PURPLE - red grapes, purple figs, plums No matter what fruit you choose for your tray... make sure you serve it with our "Pot of Gold" Fruit Dip.  Yummy, easy, and healthy. [recipe] What celebration do you think a Rainbow Fruit Tray would be great for? Let us know in the comments below. Your kids can also enjoy this FREE Rainbow Coloring Page! Rainbow Coloring Page

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If you love this fruit tray idea download our free eBook, A Fruit and Veggie Tray for [Almost] Every Holiday.  Rainbow Fruit Tray and Pot of Gold Fruit Dip  [wpurp-searchable-recipe]Rainbow Fruit Tray with Pot of Gold Fruit Dip - - Fruit Tray: strawberries (or other red fruit), oranges (or other orange fruit), pineapple (or other yellow fruit), kiwi (or other green fruit), blueberries (or other blue fruit), red grapes (or other purple fruit), Pot of Gold Fruit Dip: Vanilla Greek yogurt, crushed pineapple (drained), honey, , Fruit Tray: Create arched rows of fruit on a serving tray that represent the colors of the rainbow. ; Pot of Gold Fruit Dip: Fully drain juice from crushed pineapple. ; In a large bowl mix together crushed pineapple, yogurt, and 1 tbsp of honey. ; Separate into 2 small serving bowls or ramekins to create the “Pots of Gold” at the ends of the rainbow. Drizzle with remaining honey. ; ; - - Party Trays - Kid-Friendly - Holidays & Celebrations - Themed Party Trays - featured - Fruit Tray - holiday recipe[/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Rainbow Fruit Tray with Pot of Gold Fruit Dip [post_excerpt] => This fruit tray is super easy to make and really versatile. It's perfect for St Patrick's Day, but works for many other occasions as well — a child's birthday party, family reunion, or baptism party for example.  A festive fruit tray not only tastes delicious but also makes for an adorable decoration and centerpiece for your get-together.  And you are going to LOVE the pot of gold fruit dip!  SO easy. SO yummy. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rainbow-fruit-tray [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-12 16:53:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-12 16:53:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1866 [menu_order] => 451 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1989 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2013-04-08 15:25:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-04-08 15:25:03 [post_content] => "Superfood" is a term used by marketers to describe foods that are nutrient-dense while being low in calories and other negative nutritional properties.  Of course ALL produce is good for you!  But marketers like myself love the term Superfood because it's a way to distinguish the fruits & veggies that are super-rich in nutrients for the amount of calories they contain.  Phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals & more.... Superfoods don't mess around. I had the unique opportunity to film a segment about Superfoods last week with Lauren Lowrey of WISH-TV, our local CBS news affiliate here in Indianapolis... it airs tomorrow morning during Ch 8 Daybreak as part of the station's Gr8Health programming!  Set your DVRs :-) lauren   We were lucky to have help on the set from some of the Find Your Favorite Heroes who named a Superfood as their favorite fruit or veggie!  All the Find Your Favorite Heroes mean so much to me.... these celebrities & community-serving individuals joined my school foodservice campaign on a fairly short notice & without any form of reimbursement or royalty for their contribution.   They simply believe in the mission of The Produce Mom & the importance of childhood nutrition.  They are inspiring the students of Indianapolis Public Schools to make healthy choices & explore the abundant offerings of fresh produce... Every. Single. Day. The Find Your Favorite Heroes represent the vast dreams & goals of our youth.  They have allowed me to tie specific produce commodities to their celebrity & market fruits and veggies directly to children.  Furthermore, each of these organizations/athletes is helping us with our efforts to expand Find Your Favorite to other urban school districts across the United States.  What they have done & continue to do as Find Your Favorite Heroes is remarkable.  Please visit the website and share their hero pages & videos on your Facebook or Pinterest page...  Join me in showing these amazing individuals how appreciative we are for their selfless dedication to childhood nutrition!

Here's a preview of some of the Superfoods we are showcasing tomorrow morning on WISH-TV:

Kiwi - the MOST nutrient dense fruit.... one of the only fruits that contains Vitamin E.  Pick of Find Your Favorite Hero Graham Rahal Broccoli - so many vitamins & minerals in Broccoli.  It's a notable source of bone-strengthening calcium.  Pick of Find Your Favorite Hero Emily Dyson Strawberries - an excellent source of Vitamin C & anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant.  Pick of Find Your Favorite Hero George Hill Spinach - another obvious superfood... very nutrient dense & a lutein leader, a carotenoid that is essential for eye health.  Pick of Find Your Favorite Hero Coby Fleener. Tune in to Daybreak tomorrow morning to learn more about Superfoods & how The Produce Mom is dedicated to inspiring kids to eat more fruits and vegetables! What's your favorite Superfood? Let me know in the comments below! xoxo Produce Mom     [post_title] => What is a Superfood? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => superfoods [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-04-08 15:25:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-04-08 15:25:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1989 [menu_order] => 455 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 951 [max_num_pages] => 96 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => 1 [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => eadb1e8d3704c94198d6fa9e59f10c5b [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 1 [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) -->
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