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Gene VersteegGene Versteeg, Produce Buyer and Merchandiser, has been in the produce business for 30 years. He’s an artist of sorts. His medium? Fruits and vegetables. You’ll find his work beautifully displayed at each store. To learn more about the local, conventional and organic offerings at Market of Choice, read Gene’s blog.

Deliciously sweet, pineapple contains a unique, naturally occurring extract called bromelain that’s considered a culinary secret. Found throughout the fruit, these amazing enzymes make pineapple and its juice ideal for tenderizing meat. It’s also the reason your lips might feel a bit tingly after eating pineapple. To minimize that sweet sting, carefully cut the fruit from the core, where the extract is most concentrated. Tropical, tasty and oh-so versatile, it can be added to marinades, baked goods and salads. Cooking or grilling breaks down the enzyme and leaves only the sweetness behind.

Use it to create our recipe for Cuban Watercress Salad with Pineapple and Avocado.

2.99 ea

Prices good thru 4/29 - 5/12/16

A low-calorie source of folic acid and potassium, asparagus is packed with nutrients! One of the most versatile veggies, it's excellent added to pizza, omelets, salads or soups. Or serve alongside your favorite entrée. It can be steamed, boiled, roasted, grilled and paired with fish, chicken, pork or steak – take your pick! 
 
Easy Almond Asparagus
2 lb fresh asparagus
1/4 c butter
1/4 c slivered, blanched almonds
1 T lemon juice
1/2 t salt

Cook asparagus in boiling, salted water until tender but not mushy. Drain. Melt butter in saucepan. Add almonds, cook until golden (6 to 7 min). Remove from heat. Add lemon juice and salt. Mix and serve. 
Think Pink!
 
Grown in Washington, these pink beauties are a natural cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams varieties. With a distinctive sugar/acid balance, Pink Ladies taste both tangy and sweet. Tightly packed cells make them firm with a long storage life and help them stay bright white when sliced. 
 
Try shredding Pink Lady apples into traditional recipes to provide extra moisture and flavor. Simply add one apple to cornbread or spice cake mix, reducing standard liquid by 1 to 2 T. Enjoy!
 
 
Rough around the edges but sweet to the core, pineapple is coveted for its exceptional juiciness, vibrant tropical flavor and culinary versatility. 
 
Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin C and an excellent source of manganese, a trace mineral that supports strong bones and healthy skin, pineapple is as nutritious as it is delicious.
 
Use it to create a classic upside-down cake and fantastic fruit salad, or grill for fish for chicken dishes. 
 
 

Seedless, easy-to-peel Mandarin oranges add a splash of color to seafood dishes and salads. They also make a sensational snack!

Loaded with antioxidant-rich vitamin C, these beauties help neutralize free radicals in the body. They also contain a healthy dose of calcium for bone strength and beta-carotene, which supports eye health and the immune system.

Go online and try our recipe for Chicken Seychelles, a flavorful South African dish that features Mandarin oranges and savory spices for a satisfying meal. Or peel and add sweet segments to fresh, leafy greens.

 
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  • Web Special: Rising C Ranches Gold Nugget Mandarins
    Web Special Rising C Ranches Gold Nugget Mandarins

    Named for its golden color, this sweet/tart Mandarin variety is excellent for snacking or salads.

    1.99 lb

    GOOD THRU 5/3 - 5/9/16

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