December 7, 1988 |
Oprah Winfrey is not the diet inspiration-sensation of 1988. Don't get me wrong, Oprah did a marvelous job of trimming off, what was it, 175 pounds? A ton o' fat. I didn't see her famous diet show, but I heard that for dramatic effect she brought out a plastic bag filled with fat, equivalent to the amount she lost. At least I assume the fat in the bag was representational, and not the actual fat she lost. Good for Oprah.
August 8, 2005 |
In Greek mythology, the pomegranate symbolized death and fertility; in ancient Chinese culture, it was a symbol of immortality. One of the earliest cultivated fruits, the pomegranate is also called a gift from God in the Bible and the Koran. The pomegranate tree's fruits, seeds, bark and flowers have been used medicinally for thousands of years in its native Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
May 11, 1988 |
Aided by lower production costs and a rising dollar, foreign producers of fruits and vegetables have seized a dramatically larger share of the U.S. market this decade, the government said Tuesday in a report sure to feed debate over trade protectionism. Fruit imports tripled in value from 1980 to 1986, while vegetable imports doubled, with the fastest growth coming for imported orange juice, table grapes, broccoli and tomatoes, according to a new study by the General Accounting Office.
November 29, 1996 |
Dan Gerawan grows tons of peaches, plums and nectarines on his family's orchards here, and he insists they are California's finest. His Prima brand fruit is riper because the trees are picked more often, he explains. To avoid bruising, the sweet fruit is boxed at the orchards rather than trucked from the fields. And it is stored at colder-than-typical temperatures to keep it fresher.
June 7, 2006 |
Just in Apriums: In the last several years, designer crosses between plums and apricots have become progressively more popular. Later in the summer we will see the varieties variously called plumcots and pluots, which are closer to plums. Right now we're getting apriums, which have some of the honeyed character of a great apricot, but whereas so many apricots tend to be dry and mealy, apriums are juicy. Flavor Delight, introduced in 1989, is the granddaddy of the bunch and is quite good.
June 7, 2004 |
The small, tangy fruits of southeast Asia's Garcinia trees have been used to spice Indian dishes for centuries. The fruits -- especially those of the species Garcinia cambogia -- contain high concentrations of hydroxycitric acid (HCA). Both Garcinia extract and HCA alone are marketed as weight-loss supplements. * Uses: In traditional Indian medicine, Garcinia fruits are used as a remedy for upset stomachs and other gastrointestinal complaints.
May 21, 2010 |
Almost everyone who sees a Pakistan mulberry for the first time exclaims, "Oh, my gosh, what is that?" It certainly is bizarre looking, a long, thin, purplish, snakelike fruit, anywhere from 1 to 5 inches long, with 3 inches being typical. Although not yet exactly common at farmers markets, they're not nearly as rare as they used to be even a few years ago. Aside from looking weird, they're quite delicious, with a mild, fruity flavor and a good balance of sweetness and acidity. One eats this berry as one might a satay, grabbing the stem and stripping the flesh off with one's teeth from the long, stringy central core, which is edible but not particularly pleasant.
March 16, 1989 |
Talk about looking for a needle in a haystack. Based on nothing more than an anonymous tip, 166 U.S. Food and Drug Administration field inspectors and other officials began checking 12,000 out of 362,000 crates of Chilean fruit unloaded from a freighter on the Delaware River. Each time they found a bruised apple, discolored nectarine or punctured grape, they sent it downtown. There, on Sunday night, the 19 scientists in the FDA labs on the 11th floor of the U.S.
July 20, 2000 |
The term "garden variety" means commonplace or ordinary, but 'Eva's Pride,' a garden variety peach, is anything but that. It tastes so sweet that you might wonder what you are eating if it weren't for the peach fuzz and that distinctive peach taste. It is so juicy that wearing a bib is not a bad idea. Still, 'Eva's Pride' didn't even make the top 20 on a list of best-tasting fruit varieties compiled by Dave Wilson Nursery, a fruit tree grower.
August 1, 2005 |
The fruits of the lo han kuo vine are extremely sweet -- reputedly hundreds of times sweeter than common table sugar. Lo han kuo's scientific name, Momordica grosvenori, was inspired by Gilbert H. Grosvenor, former president of the National Geographic Society, who first brought the fruit to the attention of scientists in the United States. In southern China and other parts of Asia, lo han kuo has long been used in cooking and medicine.