May 28th, 2010 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Avocados are the MacGyver of the fruit world. If you get creative, you can do anything with them.
Don’t like butter? Smear some avocado on bread, it tastes just like butter. Add avocado to dips or salsa and that’s great too.
Heck, I bet if you mix avocado thick enough, you could lay bricks with it.
I guess it’s that versatility – probably taste too – that’s making organic avocados a big hit in Europe, especially Sicilian avocados.
Avocados from Siciliian are sold throughout Europe – including Germany, Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom – and they’ve become so popular that the demand has outgrown the supply.
Now that’s a good problem. “They’re selling like hotcakes!”
Agrinova grows and distributes the avocados and confirms clients have already snapped up their 2011 supply – some aren’t even grown yet, I guess.
But the increased demand in organic avocados is not only good for the people eating them, but Agrinova calls avocados a good alternative to citrus fruits.
Personally, I pray to the church of avocado. They’re like crack to me.
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May 10th, 2010 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
With an economy in the toilet, you’d think consumers in the United States would have been more frugal in 2009, unwilling to pay the usually higher prices for organic products – not so.
According to the Organic Trade Association’s 2010 Organic Industry Survey, U.S. sales of organic products continued to grow in 2009.
It goes to show you how much more concerned people are getting about the mysterious junk in our food.
Study data revealed sales of organic products grew by 5.3% in 2009, totaling $26.6 billion; organic food accounted for a whopping $24.8 billion of that.
A spokesperson for the Organic Trade Association boasts in even tough economic times consumers understand the benefits of organic products.
Makes sense, today’s push for “green” is making people very aware – whether they actively seek out information or not – of all the garbage that is put into our food, especially conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.
So that should explain why survey results also show total spending on organic fruits and vegetables was $9.5 billion in 2009, a jump of 11.4% from 2008.
And you can see the shift in supermarkets too. Now organic produce is more prominently displayed, in the past it was always somewhere in the back.
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December 19th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
We may think we’re getting enough fruits and vegetables in our diet, but research shows only one in five Americans is eating the recommended number each day. Many of us need to double the quantity we currently eat.
So, how do we overcome obstacles like picky eaters and limited time?
“Remember that all forms of fruits and vegetables count toward your daily amount: canned, fresh, frozen, dried and 100% juice,” says Elizabeth Pivonka, PhD, RD, head of the Produce for Better Health Foundation. “Keep your pantry stocked, your freezer full, and refrigerator packed with all forms of fruits and vegetables so they are always handy.”
There are many ways to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the day.
“Add fruit to your morning cereal or vegetables to your omelet, have a salad for lunch, and try two different vegetables with dinner and fruit for dessert,” Dr. Pivonka says. “Substitute nutrient-dense oranges and watermelon for high-fat snacks like chips and chocolate bars. And limit your intake of saturated fat by including fruits and vegetables with monounsaturated fat in your diet, like fresh California avocados and California black ripe olives.”
Dr. Pivonka has the following advice for parents of picky eaters: “If kids help with the cooking, they are more inclined to try new fruits and vegetables. At my house, we make meal planning and preparation a family activity.”
Tune in tomorrow for a spinach salad recipe that features a delicious pineapple chile vinaigrette, accompanied by watermelon slices and a fruit-laced couscous salad.
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