|January 27, 2016||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Cooking, FAPC, Farms, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Uncategorized|
As February draws closer, we enter peak Florida strawberry season, which generally runs from December to April. February 14 is an especially important day, and roses and strawberries pair well for any Valentine’s Day celebration. Strawberries are also an important crop for Florida. We consistently rank second in the nation for production. A key advantage […] continue reading
|December 16, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Cooking, Farms, In Stores, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized|
What is the difference between green beans, snap beans and string beans? Actually, there is no difference at all. They are all the same. Green bean is an obvious term. And the word snap bean is often used because of the immature pods that snap when bent. The phrase string bean is derived from the […] continue reading
|November 12, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Cooking, Farms, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized|
Of all the produce grown in Florida, squash is one of the few that is native to Florida and other areas of the United States. In fact, it is one of the oldest known crops–10,000 years by some estimates. And since squashes are gourds, they most likely served as containers or utensils because of their […] continue reading
|October 20, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Cooking, Events, FAPC, In Stores, Recipes, Seafood, Uncategorized|
The cool weather of fall provides some welcome relief from the muggy hot summers typical of Florida. It also offers the promise of so many enjoyable activities including football games, harvest festivals, camping trips and much more. In addition, the eagerly anticipated annual harvest of stone crab claws is another treat Floridians can add to […] continue reading
|September 10, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Cattle, Cooking, Healthy Eating, In Stores, Nutrition, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized|
It’s already September! But who says grilling season is over? It’s a perfect activity for this time of year, with football season already upon us. Many families enjoy grilling as a way to bring people outdoors during the fall season, when Florida weather can be ideal. And college students are big fans of tailgating parties […] continue reading
|August 3, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Cooking, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized|
Here’s a good reason to include Florida avocados on your weekly menu planner. Florida avocados are a good source of many nutrients. In fact, one cup of Florida avocados will provide over half of your daily fiber and vitamin C requirements and one-third of the vitamin E that you need for the day. It also […] continue reading
Here’s a good reason to include Florida avocados on your weekly menu planner. Florida avocados are a good source of many nutrients. In fact, one cup of Florida avocados will provide over half of your daily fiber and vitamin C requirements and one-third of the vitamin E that you need for the day. It also contains 20% of the recommended amount of folic acid, which is particularly beneficial for pregnant women.
Avocados are not only nutritionally dense themselves, they are also “nutrient boosters.” This means they can help the body absorb other heart-healthy nutrients including cartenoids. Many cartenoids can be converted into vitamin A.
Yes, Florida avocados are somewhat higher in calories than other fruits and vegetables. An average-sized Florida avocado has about 300 calories. But because of its large size, those calories can be distributed among several servings. Ounce for ounce, Florida avocados are lower in fat than the Hass variety. Many south Florida avocados are branded as “SlimCados” accordingly.
Florida avocados are easily distinguishable from other avocados in both appearance and flavor. Unlike Hass avocados, the skin of most Florida avocados does not turn dark when ripe. It remains smooth, green and mottled with an occasional brown streak. So enjoy Florida avocados! They are in season now and you can eat them in salsas, salads, smoothies, sushi and of course, guacamole. But they are also great in wraps and sandwiches. Try our Chicken, Avocado and Swiss Wrap recipe and see for yourself.