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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
April 18, 2014
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6 great ways to make use of spring’s foraged bounty.
March 31, 2014
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Asparagus is such a versatile vegetable — delicious hot or cold, sautéed or steamed, roasted or grilled – and they’re at their peak in the spring.
March 24, 2014
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Spring is the perfect time to experiment with carrots in a variety of recipes and meals from soup to salad and beyond.
March 17, 2014
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If life’s giving you lemons, make more than just lemonade! Lemons add brightness and zingy flavor to a variety of dishes from soup to dessert.
March 10, 2014
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While cabbage has a rich history with traditional Irish fare, it’s also a mainstay of cuisines from around the world. Cabbage is often eaten raw in salads and slaws like but it’s also delicious braised, sautéed or baked with meats or other vegetables.
March 3, 2014
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With their sweet, earthy flavor, beets are delicious steamed, roasted, boiled, pickled and raw. Salads, soups, sides and more — we’re highlighting a bevy of beet recipes.
February 3, 2014
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Grapefruit is very versatile and equally good when cooked as when eaten raw. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy this winter fruit!
January 13, 2014
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Kale is all the rage these days, but it isn’t the only healthy green out there. Have you heard the siren call of collards yet?
November 19, 2013
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Accent your Thanksgiving table with a centerpiece you make yourself. Autumn yields such fabulous colors and textures, it’s easy to create your own arrangement and have fun doing it!

Gourgeous Gourds

November 11, 2013
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When you think of your Thanksgiving spread, are green beans on the table? They are for a lot of us, too! Interestingly, green beans are a summer vegetable so who knows how they ended up as a holiday classic. Whether you opt for an updated version of the classic Thanksgiving-favorite Green Bean Casserole or choose to go a bit more outside the box with a Panko-Crusted Green Bean Casserole, chances are that green beans are on your menu.

November 9, 2013
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You may have noticed “Biodynamic®” on fresh and packaged products around our store. While the seeds of Biodynamic farming germinated in the early 1900s, they have begun to flourish more widely in recent years.

Biodynamic is an exciting — and a little bit complicated — way of growing crops. The short version is: Biodynamic = food grown well. Want to know more? Read on.

November 6, 2013
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Organic Apples on Sale This FridayOrganic Gala, Granny Smith and Braeburn apples are on sale this Friday! Make sure you stop by our US and Canada stores to pick up apples at a great price — $1.49 per pound, or choose five-pound bags for $5.

November 4, 2013
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This holiday season, celebrate the full bounty of the produce world. Brussels sprouts are a perfect place to start. These cute little cabbage-look-a-likes are marvelous baked, roasted, steamed or pan-cooked.

October 25, 2013
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Whole Trade Guarantee PineapplesBack in 2007 I wrote copy for signs and brochures about a new program at Whole Foods Market®, our Whole Trade® Guarantee. It’s a set of strict criteria for buying products from developing countries and ensures:

October 22, 2013
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Learn to Cook: Roasted Butternut SquashI once had a pumpkin-pie craving emergency that I quickly satisfied with the butternut squash I had on hand.

September 30, 2013
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Frosted Caramel Apple Layer CakeApplesauce is really simple to make at home (here’s a basic Applesauce recipe).

September 11, 2013
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Apples are the quintessential fall fruit. Perfectly perched on top of teachers’ desks and tucked into lunchboxes, apples are in their prime right now. Fall also brings with it a resurgent interest in baking. I’m finally feeling ready to return to the kitchen for a few cooking projects – whole baked apples, applesauce and even apple chips are on the list.

September 6, 2013
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Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.

September 2, 2013
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Raspberry Nice CreamLately, I’ve been on a “nice cream” kick. Nice cream is a non-dairy version of an ice cream-like frozen treat you whip up in your blender. The flavor possibilities are endless.

August 27, 2013
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I’m a lucky man. In my job for Whole Foods Market® I get to work with farmers all over the country who are growing truly exceptional fruits and vegetables.

This is especially true with tomatoes. This year-round customer favorite comes in a dizzying array of varieties supplied by an overlapping mosaic of producers — large and small, local and long-haul, field and greenhouse — located throughout North America.

August 26, 2013
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Whole Wheat German Pancake with PearsMy earliest memory of pears was the amazing pear orchard behind our house in northern California.

August 24, 2013
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Hazy summer days are winding to a close but the intriguing season of heirloom tomatoes is just ramping up.

Beloved for their intense flavors and natural beauty, heirloom tomatoes are classic varieties that have been preserved for generations.

Slice up a pile of sweet pink Brandywines and mild and tangy Evergreens or experiment with spunky yellow Sun Golds and rich, winey Cherokee Purples. You really can’t go wrong.

Savor the last moments of summer with the season’s most striking produce gems. Here are ten ways to beautify your plate.

August 20, 2013
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Whole Wheat Couscous with Nectarines and PistachiosNectarines, cherries, mangoes, apricots, peaches and plums all fall under the name “stone fruits.” That’s b

August 17, 2013
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Plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots…rock out to summer’s greatest hits: stone fruit. Here are five of our favorite tips for enjoying the season’s juiciest fruit for a song.

August 14, 2013
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Heirloom tomatoes are here! Our stores are bursting with all of their gorgeous hues and wildly different shapes.

August 4, 2013
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Are you familiar with the Great Grape Escape? It’s a summertime favorite in my house. You simply wash, dry and freeze grapes, then eat them or if you are super hot, roll them around your temples and over the back of your neck. Of course, you can always pretend you are a child and stuff one into your belly button for an immediate cooling effect! Here are more cooling grape ideas:

July 17, 2013
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Is there anything more amazing than a basket of sweet, perfectly ripe strawberries? I don’t think so.

Berry Good for You

Nutritionally speaking, strawberries get high marks! They support heart health and are packed with powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, which help keep cholesterol levels healthy. Eating just eight strawberries gives your body more vitamin C than an orange while also providing manganese and fiber. Strawberries are naturally low in sodium, low in calories and, like most fruits and vegetables, do not contain cholesterol or fat.

July 1, 2013
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Cherries are at their peak right now, so get on board and hoard what you can and freeze what you can’t. Here’s how.
June 26, 2013
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Cherry Salsa with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil

Sweet fresh cherries are one of the major highlights of summertime. A bowl of these beauties with their perfectly joined stems can’t be beat, but it’s almost more fun to get creative in the kitchen with this diminutive stone fruit.

June 25, 2013
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These ruby jewels are at their peak of deliciousness, and Whole Foods Market® is celebrating with our 4th annual Cherry Fest. We’re giving away five pounds of hand-picked cherries each to five randomly selected winners who share what they would do with that many cherries.
June 24, 2013
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Great on its own, try watermelon in fruit and vegetable salads, soups, main dishes, salsas, beverages and more. Here are 17 ways to enjoy watermelon this summer.
June 17, 2013
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Traditional pesto was ground with a mortar and pestle but a food processor works amazingly well. Try your hand at these pesto favorites.
June 12, 2013
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Passionate about a healthy planet full of good food? Bees are key. Learn simple steps you can take to help keep the US bee population strong!
June 12, 2013
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Now through June 25, we'll donate 10 cents to protect pollinators for every pound of organic squash you buy.
May 28, 2013
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Blueberries

When berry season begins in earnest, I feel like I’ve won the culinary lottery. Berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries – are the perfect adornment for a bowl of oatmeal and make excellent afternoon snacks, but do you know how to handle this summertime windfall?

May 27, 2013
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We tend to think of berries as a sweet beginning to mornings or a treat for the end of the day, but don’t limit yourself. When berry season is in full swing, tuck the fragrant fruit into baked goods, mash them with hot peppers for an invigorating sauce, blend them into soups and pair them with savory cheeses for an unexpected appetizer. Don’t forget to freeze a handful or two of whole berries from every batch (if you have any left!) for the ultimate smoothie addition.

Here are some of our favorite ways with summer berries.

May 20, 2013
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Make the most of this quintessentially summer staple with these recipes for your next outdoor party, picnic or barbeque – or even a weeknight meal.
May 2, 2013
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Opening Ceremonies at Finca Corsicana in Costa RicaIn the little town of La Virgen, Costa Rica you’ll find Finca Corsicana, a Whole Trade® Guarantee partner that supplies Whole Foods Market® with pineapples.

April 29, 2013
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Strawberries are at their peak of flavor in May and June. From breakfast to main dishes, salads and dessert, try these strawberry recipes.
April 23, 2013
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Avocadoes are outta-this-world delicious when added to chicken, shrimp or tuna salad, as well as a slew of greens, grains and protein salads. Here are some of our favorites.
April 17, 2013
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Want to learn about responsibly grown bananas, visit with students who are working for a sustainable future and enjoy glorious Costa Rica? Enter for a chance to win!
April 15, 2013
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Bananas are probably the most beloved of all the tropical fruits, providing great taste and good nutrition in everything from breakfast items to snacks, desserts and smoothies.
April 6, 2013
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Have you hacked away at a mango and ended up with little fruit to show for it? We’ve rounded up five of our favorite ways to slice them, so you end up with more fruit, less hassle.
April 1, 2013
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Mangoes are so versatile you can add them to salads, salsas, snacks and desserts. Try our favorite recipes and serving suggestions for fresh, ripe mango.
March 18, 2013
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Pineapple is enjoyed the world over in salads, sides, desserts and more. Here are our favorite ways to serve up pineapple.
March 12, 2013
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April is mango madness time around here and! Here are some of my favorite facts and tips to get the most out of mangoes during this lively – albeit short lived - season.
March 11, 2013
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Green Beans with Pecans and ClementinesI’m always on the lookout for fabulous side dishes. I want simple but unique.

February 24, 2013
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Do you suffer from OBS? See how James, our produce expert, handles his obsession with spring bulb flowers.
February 4, 2013
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Brie with Cardamom-Scented Clementine ChutneyBiting into a burst of sunshine! That’s how I describe that juicy first bite of a sweet, aromatic orange. The same can be said for tangerines, Mandarin oranges and all of their many varieties.

January 29, 2013
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Packed with nutrition as well as great taste, bell peppers add color, crunch and crazy flavor to your dishes. Try our ideas.
January 18, 2013
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There are few things I like better than guacamole. The flavor and texture are amazing, and it seems you can’t avoid feeling festive when you serve it.
January 7, 2013
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It’s the perfect time to expand on the standard broccoli side dish. These favorite recipes give you and broccoli a fresh start.
January 4, 2013
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Red, orange, yellow or green, organic or conventionally grown, raw or cooked, Whole Trade® bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, a versatile tasty staple and have the power to change lives.
December 28, 2012
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You say “greens,” we say collards, bok choy, broccoli rabe, Swiss chard, mustards, dandelion, watercress, arugula…kale yeah!
December 17, 2012
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Grated, minced or thinly sliced, citrus zest — the outermost part of the peel — adds a refreshing “zing” to all sorts of sweets and savories. Try it like this.
November 30, 2012
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We’ve got a battle of epic flavor featuring two of our favorite seasonal superstars – Satsuma v Clementine – and we need your help to pick the season’s champion.
November 26, 2012
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Crunchy and slightly sweet, fennel’s licorice flavor is perfectly suited to many winter dishes. Try our favorite fennel recipes.
November 10, 2012
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Especially Good Sweet PotatoesWhen the trees stand skeletal against the sky, blustery winds chill your bones, and that extra little nip in the air is upon us, I know it’s time to

October 25, 2012
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Looking to incorporate more greens into your family’s dishes? Learn about all the varieties of dark leafy greens that add nutrients and beauty to your plate.
October 23, 2012
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Whether you roast your own or purchase a bag full, try these recipes and tips for getting creative with pumpkin seeds.
October 21, 2012
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Assorted PearsFrom the tip of their distinctive shape right down to their unique texture, pears are a beautifully satisfying fruit. And autumn and winter are the perfect time for pears and when you’ll see the most varieties.

October 13, 2012
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There is something so satisfying about crunching into a sweet apple with just a twist of tartness, and they have a regular spot in our fridge at home and in our lunchboxes (the toddler’s and the grownups’). Apples are available year-round, but they’re at their best during the fall. Don’t miss this year’s crop – they’re especially delicious!

While Galas and Fujis are my go-to apples, each year I see a new variety that I’ve never tried before and have to taste. No matter which variety you choose, look for firm, fragrant, bruise-free fruit. 

October 9, 2012
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Little did you know that slicing a banana into your morning cereal or smoothie could help make the world a better place. Anytime you see the Whole Trade® Guarantee on an item, it means that the product meets specific key criteria:

October 3, 2012
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When I was a kid in Wisconsin, we had raspberry and black raspberry bushes growing in our backyard. Once those berries started to ripen, the family would head out every day and pick as many as we wanted for an afternoon snack. Even our Springer Spaniel was in on the act, snagging the low fruit while we went for the higher ones that tempted the neighborhood birds.

September 27, 2012
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I want to talk about fall color. Not the typical autumn hues of fiery red, rich gold and deep umber but one color not normally associated with fall: green. In particular, the green you see in the produce section this time of year.

September 18, 2012
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GrapesUPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winners Shea Fox, William Radkovich, Jennifer Essad, Koren Feinstein, and Carol Martell!

September 11, 2012
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Is there anything more refreshing than the juicy sweetness that bursts when eating a cold grape? I know I’m not the only one who tries to keep grapes cold for ultimate enjoyment, even making sure to put them next to a cooler pack in my lunch bag. My son has gotten on the grapey train too, gobbling them up by the bowlful after a long afternoon playing outside.

September 5, 2012
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Fresh, flavorful organic grapes are at their peak during back-to-school season. Here’s how to pick pick the best of the bunch for lunch boxes, snacks and other grape delights.
August 18, 2012
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Does anyone else build an entire meal out of summer fruits? I find it hard not to insert fruit into every meal, especially when we’re in the height of the hot weather and need all the cooling, quenching refreshment we can get!

Stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums (and yes, even cherries!) may seem too fussy for summer snacking due to the large pits, but every juicy bite is worth it!

If you’re doing more than just snacking with stone fruits, look for freestone varieties, which have easily-removed pits.

August 8, 2012
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There’s no doubt about it: tomatoes are one of the best things about summer. Once those vine-ripened beauties start appearing, my brain goes into overdrive coming up with ways to use them before the season ends. Roasted and topped on salads, sautéed with garlic and served with pasta, or sliced thick and added to sandwiches — my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

 

In fact, my summer tomato love has led me to “put up” 40 pounds of heirloom paste tomatoes this year.  Even if you’re not a canner, you can still enjoy juicy, flavorful summertime tomatoes in these recipes. But you better eat up because the heirloom season doesn’t last long!

 

August 6, 2012
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The mild, delicate flavor of zucchini is makes it an ideal addition to summer salads, simple side dishes, light dinners and even yummy desserts!
July 31, 2012
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I can remember a time, as a kid in Mississippi, when tomatoes were not the common grocery store commodity they are today. They were also far from the uniformly sized, blemish-free, picture-perfect specimens most of us see in our local stores year-round. The tomatoes of my youth were scarred, irregular and transit-weary. They were also almost non-existent in the fall, winter and spring. Then they would flood the grocery stores, farmers markets and family gardens in the summer.

July 12, 2012
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Now’s the time to go all out with summer melons. Whether you show up at the next picnic balancing a watermelon on your hip, or add chunks of cantaloupe to your morning smoothie and summer fruit salads, there are lots of ways to appreciate melons. Here are some of our favorite recipes featuring one of summer’s most refreshing fruits: Drinks and Coolers

July 3, 2012
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July is like Christmas for seasonal produce geeks (like me) here in the US.

June 27, 2012
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We want you to celebrate Cherry Fest in a big way too, so we’re giving away a case of cherries to five people who share their cherry ideas!
June 25, 2012
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Sliced, diced, pickled or pureed, cucumbers add a cooling crunch to summertime dishes. Try these ideas to take cucumbers beyond the salad.
June 20, 2012
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Cantaloupes and bees are a dynamic duo. Here’s why and how with your next cantaloupe purchase you can help “bee the solution" to honey bee decline.
June 18, 2012
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Whether you enjoy them sliced, cubed or halved, cantaloupes are a refreshing, healthy addition to salads, desserts, beverages and more. Try our favorite ways to serve.
June 11, 2012
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High in antioxidants and dietary fiber, sweet-tart raspberries are equally delicious in salads, desserts, smoothies and more. Try our favorite raspberry recipes.
May 28, 2012
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We’re celebrating another Whole Trade Haitian mango season here at Whole Foods Market.  These juicy tropical treats will be in most of our stores for a few more weeks, so there’s still time to grab some if you’ve missed them so far.

A small group of us returned to Haiti this April to visit with our partners on the ground and to plan the coming season.  We were amazed at the progress that has been made in the past year and wanted to share the news with you.

May 28, 2012
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Whether you buy it at the market or grow it in your garden, parsley adds a clean, fresh taste to appetizers, soups, sauces and main dishes. Enjoy these creative ways to use parsley.
May 14, 2012
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Bananas are great on their own, but don’t stop there! You can have a blast cooking with bananas, starting right here with our great ideas.
May 7, 2012
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Sweet, juicy mangoes add tropical sweetness to salads, smoothies, entrées, muffins, desserts and more. Try some on our favorite mango recipes.
May 4, 2012
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We’re excited to announce that Whole Trade® Francique mangoes are in season and in stores!

April 25, 2012
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From a morning fruit smoothie to a grilled after dinner dessert, here are 12 of our favorite ways to enjoy pineapples.
April 24, 2012
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Spring has lots of wonderful garden surprises. Among them is the brief but fragrant (and colorful) appearance of sweet peas.

The plant in my yard has seen robust growth starting late last year thanks to the mild winter. The first few buds are just starting to emerge, and this marks the start of several exciting changes in my springtime diet.

It’s about the time artichokes and shelling peas start showing up regularly at my local store and farmer’s market.

April 23, 2012
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Chili peppers are culinary favorites the world over and if you’re a heat novice, jalapeños are a great place to start. Spice up your menu with these favorite ways to cook with jalapeños.
April 18, 2012
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Our Whole Trade® Guarantee ensures that farms pay equitable wages and provide better working conditions—and that you enjoy the best-quality tropical treat, delivered at peak ripeness.
April 12, 2012
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Blackberries

Not only do my children love berries, they are practically little ogres for them.

April 10, 2012
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Pineapples are a very important fruit. Like mangoes, pineapples help bridge the gap between the end of the domestic hard fruit season (think apples and pears) and the beginning of the soft fruit season (peaches and nectarines).

April 9, 2012
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Mint grows like crazy in the sunshine, making it perfect for cooling beverages, summer desserts, vegetable salads and lots more. Perk up your menu with mint.
March 30, 2012
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Spring marks the start of the strawberry and blueberry harvest season. Our product expert tells you what to expect berry-wise in the coming months.
March 21, 2012
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We can’t get enough of the Ataulfo mango. Here are a few of our favorite serving tips, cutting tricks and magnificent mango recipes.
March 19, 2012
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Fresh, in-season asparagus is delicious hot or cold, sautéed or steamed, roasted or grilled. Try our favorite asparagus recipes.
March 13, 2012
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Look at what’s sprouting up at the home of our produce expert, James. Read his tips for a successful spring garden and then share your own.
February 28, 2012
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Learn what winter hazards await the farmers who grow salad leaf lettuce from James, our resident produce expert. Try out his favorite winter salad recipe and share yours.
February 13, 2012
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Around the world, sweet potatoes are baked, sautéed, boiled, fried and made into soups and desserts. Celebrate National Sweet Potato Month with a new recipe.
January 30, 2012
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For some folks, making guacamole is a serious, exacting science. For others, just mash an avocado with a fork and you’re done. Try produce guru James’ current fave recipe and share yours.
January 23, 2012
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Turn to pre-cut fruits and salsas, as well as our abundant salad bar choices, to help you get meals on the table quickly without sacrificing good health.
January 22, 2012
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Low in calories and high in nutrients, leafy greens really give you bang for your buck.
January 16, 2012
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Also called Chinese cabbage, bok choy is a nutrient-dense, delicious, easy-to-prepare vegetable perfectly suited for winter meals. Try some of these bok choy recipes.
January 15, 2012
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Preparing delicious salads, even warm salads, in winter is as simple as knowing what's in season. Here are some ingredient combinations and recipes to get you started.
January 13, 2012
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For farmers, greens are a hardy and prolific crop, growing well in a wide range of climates all over the US. Learn more about this season’s harvest of collards, kale, chard and more.
January 9, 2012
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Baked, roasted, steamed, sautéed or tossed into soups and stews, here are some of our favorite ways to add nutrient-dense Brussels sprouts to your table this winter.
January 8, 2012
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Our local forager in the Pacific Northwest, Denise Breyley, shares the story behind Willie Greens Organic Farm and how they are using our Local Producer Loan to grow their business.
January 3, 2012
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Our Whole Trade™ Guarantee ensures fair prices are paid for products, better wages and working conditions, and sound environmental practices. Try these peppers and make a difference.
December 20, 2011
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Produce expert James explains the differences in foraged mushrooms, shares his favorite recipe and describes why he treasures this fleeting forest bounty every year.
December 18, 2011
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Whether roasted, grated, sliced or diced, steamed, fried, smashed or mashed, you can be sure potatoes are delicious, versatile, filling and satisfying.
December 11, 2011
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So now's the time to learn the difference between portobello and porcini or maitake and morel and how to spotlight them at your table.
December 7, 2011
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Apples make a delicious contribution in these 12 recipes. Learn how they’re also making a contribution to end childhood hunger in the US.
December 5, 2011
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We love sharing satsumas! Tell us who you would share a box with and you just might win a box of juicy, sweet satsumas for yourself along with a box for gifting to a friend!
November 26, 2011
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Whether you’re stuffing a stocking, sending a gift across the country, handing a hostess some holiday cheer or simply putting something special in the hands of someone special, you’re sure to find a gift for everyone on your list at Whole Foods Market.
November 26, 2011
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Fresh herbs are a fantastic way to add subtle flavor to a dish or they can be used as boldly flavored garnishes and in sauces. Since herbs are quite perishable it’s best to use them soon after purchase.

November 25, 2011
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We like to celebrate this time of year with our citrus growers who bring the bright taste of sunshine to the holidays! Many people think that citrus season is in the summer when other juicy fruits are in season, but peak citrus season is actually in the cooler months.

November 22, 2011
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At a time when we get less sunlight, Mother Nature brings it to us in the form of citrus. Explore the varieties of citrus peaking in early winter.
November 8, 2011
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Produce expert James shares the outlook for the harvest of Thanksgiving favorites. Join him in assessing what (or who) makes the best stuffing.
October 30, 2011
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Think of all the possibilities that potatoes have to offer this holiday season. Try cooking them in new ways with some of our potato recipes picks.
October 25, 2011
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Master pumpkin carver James Parker shares the ups and downs of this year’s pumpkin harvest and his plan for carving 100 jack-o-lanterns for Halloween night. These pictures are sure to inspire!
October 24, 2011
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With their sweet, earthy flavor, beets are delicious steamed, roasted, boiled, pickled and raw. Salads, soups, sides and more — we’re highlighting a bevy of beet recipes.
October 22, 2011
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Steamed, baked, roasted, stuffed, mashed, boiled, simmered…what can’t be done with hearty winter squash? Find cooking ideas for acorn, butternut, delicata, turban and more.
October 17, 2011
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Autumn provides a slew of pumpkins, perfect for eating as well as decorating. From pies and puddings to soups and side dishes, try a few of these pumpkin family favorites.
October 11, 2011
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The days getting shorter and cooler triggers a color change in many fall trees and row crops — the final stage most growers wait for prior to harvesting their crop. Persimmons and pomegranates herald the fall harvest season.
September 30, 2011
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Throw caution to the wind and go crazy for cauliflower when you try one of these 10 ways to cook the cruciferous veg tonight.
September 29, 2011
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With weather as wild and varied as it has been this summer, timing for the fall apple harvest has been hard to predict. Produce expert James shares what we can look forward to now that apples are arriving.
September 26, 2011
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Apples create serious temptation when baked into desserts, roasted with fall vegetables and sautéed with aromatic spices. Take a bite with these favorite apple recipes.
September 25, 2011
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Enter for a chance to win a seven-day trip to the lush campus of EARTH University in Guácimo, Limón, Costa Rica!
September 25, 2011
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Celebrate Organic Harvest Month by enjoying organic fruit. Read on to find recipes and ideas that feature organic raspberries, nature’s tangy-sweet treat.
September 19, 2011
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Try these simple and delicious recipes featuring bananas and pineapples grown at EARTH University in Costa Rica.
September 18, 2011
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Celebrate Organic Harvest Month by appreciating the hard work of organic farmers! Try these recipes and ideas worthy of juicy and delicious organic grapes.
September 15, 2011
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Enter for a chance to win a trip to Costa Rica! 5 winners will visit the lush campus of EARTH University and explore scenic Guácimo, Limón.
September 11, 2011
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From entrées and desserts to salads and snacking, celebrate Organic Harvest Month by trying some of these flavorful recipe ideas for sweet and juicy organic Bartlett pears.
September 4, 2011
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What makes organic yellow peaches extra awesome? They’re bursting with flavor! Check out these tasty recipes and then stop by for a sample.
August 30, 2011
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There is no month that comes close to besting September for flavor and variety when it comes to grapes and raspberries. Learn why some of the last offerings of summer are the most spectacular.
August 29, 2011
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Bell peppers are in abundance. Take some home and try one of our best bell pepper recipes tonight!
August 20, 2011
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Mushrooms grow in recycled coffee grounds in just 10 days! Learn how you can help Back to the Roots donate mushroom growing kits and sustainability curriculum to an elementary classroom of your choice.
August 16, 2011
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Produce expert James shares his love for figs, explores the unique way they grow, guides us in selecting the best tasting ones and divulges his favorite ways to serve.
August 15, 2011
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It’s peak season and whether you enjoy them by the bunch or sliced into your favorite dish, table grapes are deliciously juicy and perfect in the summer heat.
August 12, 2011
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Our stores are featuring organic chicken and heirloom tomatoes right now. Learn about some delicious meals that result when you pair them together.
August 2, 2011
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Tomatoes are complicated. The confusion sets in with the question, “are they fruit or vegetable?” They are legally defined as fruit in the agriculture industry but that doesn’t jive with the multitude of ways I use them.

August 1, 2011
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Whether you enjoy them fresh, roasted, stuffed, pickled, canned, jarred or dried, jalapeños add a kick of flavor to these favorite recipes.
July 29, 2011
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It’s peak season for making heirloom tomatoes the centerpiece of your table. Try one of these easy and tasty recipes.
July 28, 2011
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The Kid-Friendly Cherry Recipe Contest came to a head on Saturday, July 23rd, where the three finalist recipes created
July 25, 2011
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Sliced, diced, pickled or pureed, cucumbers add a cooling crunch to summertime dishes. Try these ideas to take cucumbers beyond the salad.
July 23, 2011
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Team member and first-time Mom Christine shares how she turns a bucket of fresh-picked blueberries into a fruit puree for her toddler and a glorious berry dessert for hubby.
July 19, 2011
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Like the porridge in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, conditions that are too hot or too cold can seriously impact the fruit. Learn how peaches and nectarines are doing this year.
July 18, 2011
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Summer is perfect for lighter meals that don’t require much cooking but stir up plenty of pleasure at the table. Try some of these salad combinations.
July 16, 2011
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Known for their golden color and uniquely sweet flavor, Rainiers may be the ultimate cherries. Learn about the specialized care needed to cultivate these little gems.
July 11, 2011
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Go beyond the garnish! Cooked, pickled or raw, radishes add a mild tang or a spicy bite to favorite recipes.
July 5, 2011
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The combination of long, warm summer days and satisfyingly light meals makes corn a seasonal delight. Learn why corn is best eaten as close to harvest as possible.
July 1, 2011
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Savor Summer! Check out our top 10 ideas on how to enjoy sweet summer corn.
June 30, 2011
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Why stop at a bowl? Enter to win our Cherry Fest Basket filled with some of summer’s best sweetness!
June 7, 2011
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Hardy and prolific, summer squash plants produce multiple crops in a single season and flourish in a wide range of climate conditions. Learn why summer squash is the perfect local crop.
May 24, 2011
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Produce expert James explains how the weather can affect the apricot crop — one of the early harbingers of summer — and shares tips for selecting apricots in our stores.
May 12, 2011
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Strawberries might be more versatile than you ever dreamed. From luscious desserts to chilled soups and spicy salsa, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite strawberry recipes.
May 10, 2011
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Strawberries are available throughout the summer and fall, but the absolute best flavor and value of the year is literally just around the corner. Celebrate the bounty of the strawberry fields.
May 5, 2011
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Perk up summer meals with fresh peas and green beans. Try these top ten ideas for quick, tasty, nutritious side dishes and appetizers.
May 3, 2011
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Tell us what you would do with a kitchen full of strawberries and you might win a gift card big enough to rock your own organic Strawberry Jamboree!
May 2, 2011
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Enjoy a great-tasting mango while helping combat poverty and support small farmers in Haiti. There’s a limited supply, so check with your local store today!
May 2, 2011
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Cuisines from Central and South America, India, Asia and all points in between rely on limes to add zesty sweet flavor to meals. Try some of these ideas for seasoning your dishes with lime.
April 26, 2011
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Produce expert James expounds on his love of growing and eating spring peas. Learn more about starting your own little patch of happiness.
April 25, 2011
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A bright and cheerful array of flowers, made just for Mom, is definitely one gift that’s as unique as she is! See how our floral team mixes and matches their favorite blooms.
April 25, 2011
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Mild, tender and really yummy, Swiss chard is similar to spinach when it comes to taste and ease of preparation, and it’s full of good nutrition. Try these favorite Swiss chard recipes.
April 14, 2011
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When buying Whole Trade Pineapples, a contribution goes to a farmworkers’ fund. Learn how they voted to spend the dollars to support education and day care for their families.
April 12, 2011
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Produce expert James shares why the unpredictability of artichokes drives him a little crazy this time of year. Learn how this lovely thistle always prevails in winning his heart.
April 4, 2011
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Spring is peak season for fresh asparagus. Hot or cold, sautéed or steamed, roasted or grilled, add more to your menus for great flavor along with healthful vitamins and antioxidants.
April 3, 2011
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It’s not spring until you eat an artichoke! Check out our top ten ways to enjoy artichokes and add some to your menu tonight.
March 29, 2011
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Spring brings a reawakening of fields and orchards. Our produce expert James explains how the weather is affecting spring crops and shares what’s ripe now.
March 24, 2011
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Learn tips and ideas from Team Member Jaye on buying just the right amount of spring produce to freshen up your cooked-for-one meals.
March 9, 2011
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Whether grilled, baked, sautéed or raw, these flavorful vegetables turn a good dish into a great one! Try some of our favorite recipes featuring onions and share yours.
March 5, 2011
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Celebrate spring with asparagus in your menus. Try some of our favorite ways to prepare it and tell us yours.
March 1, 2011
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Our produce expert explains how the recent freezing weather will affect this year’s asparagus crop and shares his favorite recipes for this early spring vegetable.
February 15, 2011
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For snacks, soups, stir-fries and more, carrots are always there when you need them. Learn why they are a friend to farmers too.
February 9, 2011
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Raw, cooked, shredded and hidden in your favorite baked goods, we’re shining a well-deserved spotlight on carrots.
January 22, 2011
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Boost the nutrition profile of your favorite dishes by adding family-friendly broccoli. Try broccoli in these ten ways and share how you like it best.
January 18, 2011
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January is the perfect time to load up your plate with broccoli, one of the most popular vegetables in the U.S.
January 3, 2011
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Ready for a fresh take on guacamole? Check out this killer “Super Bowl-O-Mole” recipe from our produce folks in Watsonville, California.
December 23, 2010
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Fresh parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme sing to all of our senses. Our produce expert explores the aromatic allure of fresh herbs.