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  • Grapefruit vs. Navel Oranges: Top 5 Differences

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    Certain foods, especially fruits, can have a special place in our hearts as they often remind us of childhood, good times, or our favorite seasons. Citrus fruits are particularly good at this game because of their floral scents, bright citrus colors, and combinations of both sweet and tart flavors. The vivid orange color of a tangerine can remind us of youthful summer days that seemed to last for years. Tart and satisfying grapefruit juice may make us recall breakfasts with a cherished friend. Eating a Ruby Red Grapefruit half could conjure memories of the days when our children were still…

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  • What is the difference between a Cara Cara and Navel Orange?

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    The outside appearance of a Cara Cara Orange is very similar to the sweet Navel Orange. Both are medium-large oranges with slightly thick, bright orange, glossy rinds that are roughly pitted and somewhat pebbled. While they may look the same from the outside, if you cut them open side by side, you would immediately notice the difference between a Navel and a Cara Cara Orange. Navel oranges have deep orange flesh, while Cara Cara Oranges have more pink-to-red flesh. Besides their color, there are other differences between these two oranges. Origin Navel oranges are sweet winter oranges that originated as…

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  • Do Grapefruit and Smoked Meats go together?

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    September 22nd is the end of a hot yet fun summer. The date is marked on my calendar so I remember to make the most of the remaining warm days, and have enough smoked meats to last me the winter. (I like to pretend I’m a caveman and not go outside during winter). Smoking There are two ways to smoke meat – cold smoking and hot smoking. Cold Smoking – Cold smoking is chiefly used to flavor meat and the meat has to be fully cured then cooked before eating. This smoking process requires meat to be smoked between 68º…

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  • Where is Texas Grapefruit grown?

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    Red grapefruit is synonymous to the great Texas grapefruit industry since it is home to the sweet, succulent ruby red grapefruit that augmented and gave life to the lackluster industry when the unwanted and unpopular acidic and acrid white grapefruit and pink grapefruit were still the most cultivated varieties. History and Cultivation When grapefruit first arrived in the United States people did not take a liking to the seedy fruit that is highly acidic. It took years of cultivating, experimenting, irrigation techniques, and waiting for the grapefruit trees to produce a top-of-the-line mutated fruit that would capture the hearts of…

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  • By: Pittman & Davis | On: | Category: Uncategorized

    Today, there are more than 1000 mango varieties grown in the United States. However, these tropical fruits are still considered exotic and are seldom included in our must-buy-lists when we go grocery shopping or when going to farmers markets. Mango Fruit Mangos or Mangoes they actually mean the same thing, the mango fruit! Whether you prefer the spelling mangos or mangoes, both are accepted in the Oxford, Webster, and American Heritage dictionaries. They are plump, oval fruits with smooth skin, creamy aromatic flesh, and a single flat, oval seed. Tropical mangoes are summertime fruits that are great for fresh eating…

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  • What are the best oranges for gifts?

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    When someone says citrus, the first fruit that comes to mind is a plump, juicy, sweet Orange that is delicious, flavorful and utterly refreshing. It could be because oranges are timeless fruits that are available in all four seasons. It may be because they symbolize happiness and determination. Or, perhaps, we picture oranges as the ideal citrus simply because they are bursting with a unique flavor that is not found in other fruits. No matter what it is that makes them extra special, sending a gift box or gift basket full of zesty, sweet oranges is a fabulous way to…

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  • When are Texas Grapefruit in Season?

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    Grapefruit, botanical name Citrus paradise, is a natural hybrid between a pomelo and sweet orange. It was first known as “the forbidden fruit” and was later called “grapefruit” due to its grape-like cluster when growing on trees. Texas Grapefruit History It is believed that the white grapefruit found its way to the United States in the form of seeds brought by French or Spanish settlers and the fruit was introduced to South Texas by visiting Spanish missionaries. White grapefruits were cultivated first, followed by pink grapefruit varieties in the first reported planted grove in Texas in 1893. In 1914 John…

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  • What are Texas 1015 Onions?

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    Gourmet onions are usually used as a base for numerous recipes in many different cultures. Onions, when sautéed, give dishes a rich umami flavor and subtle sweetness that adds depth and flavor to dishes making them more intense and complex. Onions also help tone down the harshest flavor compounds through caramelization and form delicious flavor compounds as they brown and “caramelize”. Now some may find onions to have pungent smell and sharp taste, however if you stick to using sweet yellow onions you will be able to enjoy the flavor and aroma of onions without the acrid taste and smell…

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  • What is the best summer fruit?

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    Hot days, humidity, and rain are all indicators that summer is upon us. With the temperature rising each day, it is imperative that we pay attention to our health and fitness. But being healthy does not mean we have to say goodbye to tasty food. In fact, being healthy means eating the most delicious foods. Summer Fruit to Keep Around The perfect fruits to have on hand are those that are at their peak. In other words, summer fruits are in season. The list of best summer fruits include those that are awesome for eating out of hand, great for…

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  • Fun Facts about Mangoes

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    What comes to mind when you hear the word tropic or tropical? I immediately think of the blue ocean, relaxing resorts, verdant forest and amazing fruit and cuisine. Mangoes or mangos are creamy, tasty and delicious tropical stone fruits (drupe) that belong to the flowering family plant genus Mangifera. It originated from South Asia and were grown thousands of years before it reached Southeast Asia in the 4th-5th century BC. Fun Facts The Mango is an ancient fruit that can be dated as old as 4000 years. There are over 500 mango fruit varieties grown all over the world and…

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