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Fruits & Vegetables

Avoid Grocery Store Lines With This A La Carte Produce Box Shipped Straight To Your Door

While everyone’s trying their best these days to stay inside, the dilemma of getting fresh fruits and vegetables presents itself for those looking to steer away from eating cans of corned beef hash and beans every other day. Trust me, canned food gets old QUICK.

Melissa’s Produce, is offering a sliding scale of amazing produce boxes that you can order and have shipped anywhere in the United States (though Southern California residents get free shipping).

You can order boxes of mixed fruits and vegetables depending on which type of produce you lean heavier towards.

If you lean heavy towards making vegetable-based dishes, perhaps a 70/30 box is something you need. If your diet is a little bit of both down them middle, consider the 50/50 box. Options also include a fruits only or vegetables only box for those who’d rather have one or the other. There’s even a box crafted towards making fresh juices.

If you’re looking for your produce fix without stepping foot outside the comfort of your own home, definitely check them out.

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Health Sustainability

New Research Suggests Earth Does Not Have Enough Fruits and Vegetables For Us

Our planet doesn’t have enough fruits and vegetables for all of us, according to new research. Not enough to satisfy the recommendations of nutritionists around the world. 

The study was recently published in The Lancet Planetary Health. Right now, just about 55 percent of the world’s population lives in countries that have adequate access to enough fruits and vegetables to make up a healthy diet. But what does it mean when we talk about enough fruits and vegetables? Well, that is connected to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) which say that any of us should aim for eating 14 ounces (about 400 grams) of green things every day.

“Current diets are detrimental to both human and planetary health and shifting towards more balanced, predominantly plant-based diets is seen as crucial to improving both,” write the authors of the new Lancet Planetary Health study. They include researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., but also the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Australia.

What are the solutions for enough fruits and vegetables? 

Thanks to economic growth, we should theoretically be producing more fruits and vegetables than ever, but the reality is more than a little different than that. Climate change is a huge issue, because, by the estimates of the researchers, by 2050, 1.5 billion more people will not have access to enough fruits and vegetables for a balanced and healthy diet.

This situation could be significantly improved if we were to focus on fixing issues like massive food waste and also figuring out how to improve the production of fruits and vegetables.

This research emerges in a time when other studies have shown that a diet low in nutrition but high in processed foods is one of the leading causes of premature death, more so than smoking. We’re talking about 11 million preventable deaths all around the world.


Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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10 Foods That Look Like One Thing, But Taste Like Another

They say, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” but it turns out we also can’t judge a fruit by its peel or a veggie by its skin. In our unpredictable, often chaotic world, our food has become equally as erratic and mercurial.

For better or for worse, what you see is not always what you get. A grape can now be evocative of your favorite carnival treat and even seemingly standard produce can taste like your go-to breakfast staple.

And while this volatility may sound frightening, these surprising flavors shouldn’t spur concern. Only when cake starts tasting like kale, and bacon like quinoa should we really start to worry.

Cotton Candy Grapes

Grape news! Though grapes are one of the more benign fruits, able to satiate even the pickiest of eaters, you can now find ones that taste like your favorite festival fair. “Cotton Candy Grapes” are now a thing thanks to horticulturalist, David Cain. Without genetic engineering or artificial flavors, Cain created this new strain of grape simply by classic plant breeding. His aim was originally to restore the “natural flavors” of grapes that often get removed in the shipping and storage process. The result? A fruit that your mom would approve of while delighting the sugar crazy child inside of you.

Blue Java Bananas

William Shakespeare once wrote, “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Scholars may disagree, but when it comes to the opening of this avowal it seems pretty obvious to me he was referring to the Blue Java Banana. Produced organically from nature, without any interference whatsoever, blue java bananas somehow taste like ice cream. Aptly known as the “ice cream banana” these fruits possess a natural vanilla flavor and a creamy, fluffy texture. Now I’m not saying they rival the delicious artificiality of real ice cream, but as far as bananas go, they’re pretty darn good.

Pineberries

Now these are berry special. While pineberries may simply appear to be typical red strawberries who look like they’ve just seen a ghost, they’re actually a crossbreed that boast a tart flavor reminiscent of pineapples. These frosty fruits, like a celebrity marriage or biweekly paycheck, aren’t available for long. Pineberries have a very short season compared to their crimson counterparts, so if you enjoy their citrus flavor, you should probably buy these baffling berries in bulk. Say that five times fast.

Ackee fruit

Jamaican me crazy, ackee fruit. A breakfast staple of the Caribbean country, ackee looks like a bug eyed video game character, but tastes like scrambled eggs. When cooked, the tropical fruit has a creamy, delicate texture that not only tastes like your go-to breakfast but looks like it, too. Ackee served with saltfish is actually Jamaica’s national dish and is basically the Caribbean version of lox and eggs.

Miracle Berries

Have you tried “flavor tripping?” All the cool kids are doin’ it. Though this practice may sound like the latest teen faux drug craze like beezin’ or dusting, it’s actually driven by eating a harmless berry. “Miracle berries” of the Synsepalum dulcificum plant, mostly found in West Africa, contain a protein that temporarily numbs the taste buds. When eaten (or taken in pill form), foods that are tart or savory are instead experienced as strangely sweet. Some foods that have produced some of the most extreme reactions to these miracle berries include lemons, beer, and even chilli peppers.

Fennel

More polarizing than the ending of How I Met Your Mother, black licorice has been tearing loved ones apart practically since its inception. If you find that the “candy” is a point of contention in your household, try eating fennel instead! Reminiscent of celery, fennel is a root vegetable that tastes like black licorice. Bitter, sweet, and salty all at the same time, fennel may just be the new black (licorice).

Jackfruit

From puppies to sunshine to Forest Gump, only a few things in this world are universally adored, but none so much as BBQ. Even vegetarians salivate at the sight of pulled pork, and thanks to the jackfruit, these omnivorous creatures can now enjoy the barbecue favorite without sacrificing their ~green~ lifestyle. Native to South and Southeast Asia, the jackfruit is the largest tree-born fruit in the world and, when cooked, looks and tastes like pulled pork. The fruit can weigh between 10 and 100 pounds, so be sure to pace yourself and have extra BBQ sauce handy.

Black Sapote

There’s no other way to put it except that black sapote is proof of a higher power. A green fruit that looks mediocre at best, yet when sliced open reveals a deep brown color that has the consistency and taste of chocolate pudding. Maybe that’s why this species of persimmon is also known as the chocolate pudding fruit. Though it’s possible (and delicious) to scoop the tropical Central American and Caribbean fruit from its skin and eat it right then and there, there are countless innovative recipes that use black sapote as a chocolate alternative. Read: chocolate cakes and meringue pies. You. Are. Welcome.

Durian

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It’s widely known that it’s not easy being green, but it’s made that much harder when you’re both green and reek of old gym socks. Most prominent in Southeast Asia, Durian  is a spiky, peculiar looking fruit that smells like rotten onions but tastes like ice cream. Despite its pungent odor, the citizens of Southeast Asia have deemed Durian “king of fruits” due to its sweet, almond-like flavor. Apparently Durian’s stank is worth the taste, but I’d still recommend plugging your nose to fully enjoy it.  

Electric Daisies

~Officially~ know as Acmella Oleracea, electric daisies are a strange flower that when eaten, leave your mouth slightly tingly and anaesthetised for up to 15 minutes. Oh, and it also smells like a chocolatey mint. When consumed raw, electric daisies initially taste more or less how you think they would (grassy and earthy) but can be included in a number of clever recipes. Electric daisies takin’ ‘flower power’ to the next level.

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Health

This Colorful Infographic Shows Us The Health Benefits Of Eating A Rainbow

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Does your daily diet consist of rainbows? No, not the meteorological phenomenon cause by reflection and refraction of light. Rather, do you eat enough of colorful fruits and vegetables to nourish your body?

Swissotel released a new infographic that highlights the health benefits of the colors in the foods you consume. Red foods, like tomatoes and strawberries, improve skin quality. Blue foods, like blueberries and plums, help boost memory and protects cells.

Check out the infographic below and get a little more color in your diet. You’ll thank us in the long run.

Browse our illustrative guide to each food colour and discover the health benefits for including them in your daily diet.

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Hacks Health

How To Cut And Prepare 7 Tropical Fruits [Infographic]

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Cutting up an apple or peeling a banana can be a cinch when you’re craving some fruit. Though if one of the more tropical fruits were to make their way through your kitchen, you’re gonna want to know how to handle it.

Pounds to Pockets created a handy infographic that teaches us how to carve up several tropical fruits step-by-step. This sweet selection includes: Pomegranate, Watermelon, Dragonfruit, Mango, Passionfruit, Pineapple, and Coconut.

The graphic even includes a handful of useful hacks to make the fruit-cutting process go as smoothly as possible.

Check out the infographic below in case you have to cut up some uncommon fruits sometime in the near future.

Courtesy of: Pounds to Pocket
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Hit-Or-Miss Humor Video

Video Of Cat Just Chilling In A Watermelon Is The Cutest Thing Ever [WATCH]

Man, the Internet just can’t get enough of cats. With the summer sun blazing high up in the sky, it looks like this feline has found a brilliant way to get out of the heat.

A YouTube video channel features a plethora of cats interacting with various fruits and plants in humors ways. One video in particular, seen above, features one just cooling off inside the massive melon somewhere in the Japanese countryside.

Seems like a great way to spend a lazy afternoon outdoors. Here’s another one of a cat rocking a watermelon hat.

If you have a feline friend at home who just can’t stand that heat, maybe this is something you guys can bond over. If anything, it’ll make for a cute holiday card.

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Adventures Features Health Packaged Food

A Reverse Look At The Life Of An Avocado

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Any chance that we get to sneak avocado in our food, be it burgers or burritos, we’ll gladly take. Have you ever wondered what the journey of an avocado embarks on before it arrives in your meal?

On a recent tour with California Avocados, we got to see all the different life stages of the popular green fruit. And yes, it is actually a fruit.

After a recent viewing of the Christopher Nolan movie Memento, where a forgetful Guy Pierce pieces together his past by working backwards with photographs, we wanted to do the same with the fatty green piece of produce. To us, there’s just something satisfying about knowing exactly where your food comes from before inevitably devouring it.

Check out a reverse look at the life of an avocado, from food porn to seedling.

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Avocado Uni Tostada

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Packaged avocados found in markets

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Avocados ready for the packing

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Sorted and scanned for bruises at the packing house

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Picked at the grove

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Growing at the nursury

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Grafted and ready to grow

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Preparing a graft with another plant so the tree produces quality fruit

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Start with a seed

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The next time you’re at a restaurant and they give you the option to add avocados, consider spending the extra dollar. It took that fruit a lifetime to get to you.

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News

Hong Kong Customs Seize Over $2 Million Of Liquid Cocaine Hidden In Dragon Fruit

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Drug dealers recently tried to smuggle over $2 million worth of liquid cocaine in dragon fruits shipped from South America to Hong Kong.

On Wednesday, customs officials discovered liquid cocaine filled in the hollow centers of 98 dragon fruits that were a part of a large shipment of the fruit, which arrived at the airport. Authorities at the Hong Kong International Airport spent over four hours opening 160 crates of dragonfruit.

According to South China Morning Post, a source elaborated that the smuggling scheme was sophisticated and innovative:

“Part of the fruit layer was peeled off and pulp was removed before liquid cocaine was injected into the hollow center and the layer glued back on. From appearance, it was hard to distinguish the ones concealing illegal drugs. Officers had to inspect them one by one.”

The shipment was confiscated by customs who inspected nearly 2,000 dragon fruits, also known as pitaya fruit, on Tuesday. The 98 fruits concealed with drugs were spread out among 50 different boxes of fruit. The source added:

“Each dragon fruit carried about 130 grams of liquid cocaine. A total of 15 kg of liquid cocaine was seized inside the 98 fruits. The haul has an estimated street value of HK $15.7 million.”

The air freight reportedly made its way to Hong Kong from Colombia via Britain, reported The Standard. The dragon fruits were selected for inspection as fresh fruit shipped overseas by air are usually picked up on the same day of arrival.

The 36-year-old man tasked with picking up the cargo from the airport terminal on Tuesday night was arrested upon arrival and held for questioning. It is uncertain yet whether the shipment was destined for local consumption in Hong Kong or for export.

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