Produce spotlight: Spaghetti Squash and Grapefruit!

Hello All and Happy Friday!

The bins are looking awesome for next week!  You will find more delicious roots and greens, and also several other tasty treats. One item we are particularly fond of is Petite Spaghetti Squash.  I only mention that it is Petite because Spaghetti Squash is typically very large!

Spaghetti Squash is unique with its really cool looking flesh when cooked. When raw, the flesh is solid like other squash. But when cooked, the flesh falls away in strands just like spaghetti. Because of this, Spaghetti Squash is really versatile for cooking. It is a great substitute for pasta; it can be mashed, added to casseroles, or pureed into soup. The seeds can also be roasted and eaten like pumpkin seeds! The best way to prepare this squash is to bake or roast. It can also be cooked in the microwave!

This delicious squash is not only easy to prepare, but it is also super healthy! In a one-cup serving, Spaghetti Squash averages only 42 calories. Plus, it is rich in folic acid, potassium, and vitamin A.

A Little History: The origin of Spaghetti Squash is unknown. It has been traced to many different places around the world, including China, Italy, South America and Japan.

We are also excited to include the first of the season’s Rio Star Grapefruit. Add them to a salad, juice them, or eat them alone for a nutritious snack. It is extremely low in calories, averaging just 42 calories in one serving. It is also very rich in fiber pectin, which helps protect the colon and is found to reduce cholesterol levels. Grapefruit is also very high in vitamins A and C, potassium, iron and calcium.

Sunny Honey is back with a new batch of Mt. Baker Wild Flower honey. Be sure to add it to your bins! It will be a for sale item next week!  It makes a great gift for the holidays too!

What’s New: Next week, we will be featuring Hass Avocados for sale. They may be a little firm, but will ripen with a few days on the counter. Rainbow Chard will also be available. Rainbow ChardThis beautiful green is so tasty in a salad or sautéed with pine nuts and Parmesan cheese! Expect green stalks on your broccoli this week! We’ll also have fennel! Check out the recipe of the week for a great way to enjoy it!

Did you know?! The banana is a berry and it grows on a bush?

YES! The banana fruit is a berry. Berries are identified as being many seeded with a fleshy inner layer. So, technically, a banana is a berry. And, believe it or not, bananas don’t grow on trees! Originally from Asia, the “banana tree” is really not a tree in the true sense. In fact, banana plants have no wood fiber. The banana plant is the world’s largest herb and a member of the lily family. Bananas grow in the tropical areas all around the world where the weather is sunny and hot, and there’s plenty of rain.

Find this and more trivia online at the Family and Consumer Sciences’ Community Nutrition Education Programs website.

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