The Greengrocer Author:Joe Carcione This invaluable guide by California's famous greengrocer is packed with information only professionals know. Find out... — Which fruits and vegetables (more than 120, including herbs and spices) are the most economical and nutritious. When they are at their peak and least expensive. How to spot imperfect merchandise. How to store fresh produc... more »e. The best cooking methods to preserve nutrients and taste. The vitamin and mineral content of an average serving. Joe Carcione even includes some fabulous but easy gourmet recipes of his own, with fantastic bits of folklore and history.« less
Sometimes I find the produce section of the market to be a bit intimidating. What is freshest? In season? Most nutritious? This book has taught me when to buy fruits and veggies, what to look for in the most ripe produce, and even some about the language used in selling them-- such as "jumbo" cantaloupe refers to the crate, not the fruit size! Each section details folklore, harvesting information, nutrition, and uses for each of 73 fruits and vegetables.