Rinse fresh vegetables and fruits under running water just before eating, cutting, or cooking.
Tip of the Week
Rinse fresh vegetables and fruits under running water just before eating, cutting, or cooking. Even if you plan to peel or cut the produce before eating, it is important to thoroughly rinse it first to prevent microbes from transferring from the outside to the inside of the produce.
Number to Know
81: Percentage of conventional apple orchards that use organophosphates as pesticides, according to a USDA report.
Poi, a traditional starchy dish eaten in Hawaii, is made from what root vegetable?
Answer at bottom of blog post.
Word to the Wise
Daikon is an Asian radish with a sweet and spicy flavor. It is an essential ingredient in Asian cooking and the most popular vegetable in Japan. The literal translation from the Japanese is "big root." The most common variety of daikon, however, looks like a turnip or white carrot, and that's probably the kind you'll find near the fresh ginger in the grocery store produce aisle.
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Food Quiz Answer
B. Taro. Poi is a traditional Hawaiian staple made from boiled taro root that's been pounded to a smooth, glutinous paste. Poi is very easily digested, making its minerals (calcium and phosphorus) easily absorbed.
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