Produce

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Walk into Healthy Living and the first thing you’ll see is our gorgeous Produce Department, a wild and wonderful world of the freshest, highest-quality fruits and veggies you’ll find anywhere! We buy direct from our beloved local farms throughout the year, so our produce is about as fresh as if you’d picked it yourself. We’ve been working with local farmers for over 20 years and love doing business with this amazing community of hard-working people, who form the backbone of Vermont. We have a plethora of local and organic options, produce from ecologically grown and wild-crafted sources, and the cleanest conventional alternatives at the best prices. From local greens and snap peas, to seasonal apples and berries, we have everything a great Produce Department needs, plus a few fun, seasonal surprises! Not sure what celeriac is? Wanna know the best way to prepare morels? Just ask our produce staff – they’re always there to help!

Department News

Getting to Know Avocados

By Jackie Cooper  •  Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Here are some fun and interesting facts about avocados from our friends at Albert’s Organics.

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  • Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable.
  • In Brazil avocados mixed in with ice cream is a very popular dessert.
  • The avocado is also called an Alligator Pear because of its pear-like shape and it’s bumpy green skin.
  • California produces about 90% of the nation’s avocado crop.
  • San Diego County is the Avocado Capital of the U.S., producing 60% of all the avocados grown in California.
  • There are about 7,000 avocado groves in California; the average size is around 10 acres.
  • A single California Avocado tree can produce about 500 avocados (or 200 pounds of fruit) a year, although the usual average is about 60 pounds from 150 avocados.
  • There are seven varieties of avocados grown commercially in California, but the Hass is the most popular, accounting for approximately 95% of the total crop volume.
  • The oldest living avocado tree is found on the University of California, Berkeley campus and was planted in 1879.
  • About 43% of all U.S. households buy avocados.
  • To tell if an avocado is really perfectly ripe, hold it in the palm of your hand and gently squeeze. Hard as a rock? Not ripe. Squishy? Overripe. Have as much give as chilled butter? Perfectly ripe.
  • Avocados are cholesterol and sodium-free.
  • Avocados have the highest fiber content of any fruit and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and folate.
  • Avocados will not ripen on the tree. They must be picked from the tree to initiate ripening. The leaves supply a substance that prevents ripening. The best way to store avocados is to leave them on the tree; they will store for 7 months or more when left on the tree.

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