Fall

Dates

  How to select for best flavor: Fresh dates are not a very common sight. You will most often find them dried. Fresh dates are a real treat, though,...
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Fall

Cranberry

  How to select for best flavor: Ripe cranberries bounce. That’s why they have been known as “bounceberries” for centuries. Today they are run through a machine that checks...
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Fall

Pears

How to select for best flavor: The pear is a fruit that is better if it is picked before it is ripe. Tree-ripened pears are often grainy and lose...
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Fall

Yam

How to select for best flavor: Select firm, medium-sized yams that taper at both ends. Larger yams are good for baking or barbecuing, although they tend to be tougher...
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Fall

Rutabaga

How to select for best flavor: Rutabaga should be firm and heavy for their size. Avoid roots that are cut, punctured or shriveled. The roots will be a yellow-tan...
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Fall

Persimmon

How to select for best flavor: There are two varieties of persimmon: The Kaki from Japan and the Sharon Fruit, or Fuyu, often from Israel. The Fuyu can be...
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Fall

Leek

  How to select for best flavor: Choose well-shaped, medium-sized leeks with fresh, green tops. The root end should have several inches of blanched or white skin. Avoid leeks...
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Fall

Fennel

  How to select for best flavor: Look for firm, white bulbs with crisp, rigid stalks and feather light-green leaves. Avoid bulbs with cut, damaged or yellowish stalks. Bunches...
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