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January, 2012

Blackeyed Peas, Pearl Onions and other holiday favorites!

Fingerling Potatoes Fingerling Potatoes

Russian Banana Fingerlings, named for their development in the Baltic States, look like a banana in shape. These yellow skinned potatoes are unique fingerlings. They have a firmer texture and are an excellent base in potato salad. Russian Bananas are one of the most popular of the fingerlings. Ruby Crescent Fingerling potatoes are long and slender with rose-pink skin and sweet yellow flesh. These potatoes are very interesting in the way they occasionally grow branched off one another. They are the best roasting potato and are also delicious boiled for potato salad or baked and topped with sour cream. French Fingerlings are medium size tubers with satin smooth reddish orange skin. These potatoes are rumored to have been smuggled into America from Europe long ago in a horse’s feed bag. A welcome addition today, these potatoes are delicious boiled for potato salad or baked and topped with sour cream. Fingerling potatoes make a great side dish for any meal. They are low calorie and filling…making them great for those watching their food intake.

Dutch Yellow® Potatoes Melissa’s baby Dutch Yellow® Potatoes

Grown year round in nutrient-rich volcanic soils where the days are warm and the nights are cool, Melissa’s baby Dutch Yellow® Potatoes are produced under ideal conditions to create an irresistibly sweet potato. Our baby Dutch Yellow® has a distinct, yellow flesh with a subtle flavor and a creamy texture. These are one of the best tasting potatoes on the market today. They are naturally sweet and taste like they are already buttered. Dutch Yellow® Potatoes are an excellent source of fiber and potassium, and low in calories. They are great when baked, roasted, mashed or sautéed. They are also delicious in potato salad, too.

Baby Red Beets

Melissa’s Baby Red Beets are ready to use without the trouble of trimming, peeling and steaming. We have taken all the mess out and left only the Baby Red Beets good stuff in! These delicious baby red beets taste so fresh because of our innovative packaging to keep the freshness in and the bitterness out. No one will ever know these beets came out of a package! These tasty beets come from France, a country well known for beets. We don’t add any additives or preservatives-they are all natural to keep that great tasting flavor until the very end! Baby Red Beets should be kept in the refrigerator and used once opened. Beets are very nutritious, a great source of fiber, have no cholesterol and are low calorie. They will add color and flavor to your main dish, salad or side dish.

Pearl Onions
Pearl Onions

Pearl Onions are members of the lily family. They are thought to have originated in Southern Europe. Pearl Onions are available in three colors: White, red and gold. They are available all year around and Melissa’s offers them packaged several ways. Pearl onions are a mild onion, about 1-inch in diameter. They have a papery skin and look like a miniature regular onion. Pearl Onions are very popular around the holidays. They are generally used in vegetable sautés, casseroles or creamed in a side dish. Pearl onions are great on skewers or in sauces too.

To peel pearl onions, blanch them in boiling water, and then plunge them into cold water. Cut off the root end, and squeeze the onion out of the skin. It is very simple and easy for such a delicious treat. Pearls should be stored in a cool dry place, just as you would a large onion. They are very low calorie, and very low sodium with some iron and vitamin C.

Ready-to-Eat Steamed Carrots Ready-to-Eat Steamed Carrots

These delicious ready to eat carrots have been steamed and peeled for your convenience. They are vacuum sealed to keep in their freshness. Perfect to use out of the package, or they are great when you use them in recipes calling for sliced carrots. These time-saving carrots will make all your recipes delicious and fast. Both low calorie and high in vitamins, these carrots are available all year around for last minute meals. Store refrigerated for best shelf life.

Blackeyed Peas
Blackeyed Peas

These small beige colored peas are commonly referred to as “cowpeas”. They get their name because of the black spot on each pea, looking like an eye. They were believed to have originated in North Africa where they were a staple food for Greeks and Romans. Many years later, they appeared in the “New World”, possibly brought in by the Spanish explorers. Black-eyed peas earned a reputation for good luck once eaten during the New Year celebration. They are very popular eaten in the Southern US, but more so during New Years celebrations. Most black-eyed peas are packaged dry, but Melissa’s black-eyed peas are steamed and vacuum sealed in a ready- to-use package. They make great dips and are delicious in casseroles. Black-eyed peas are very low in fat and are an excellent source of folic acid.

Fresh Ginger Root

Ginger has been a popular root for thousands of years.Fresh Ginger Root Its origination is unknown, but it is believed to come from Southeast Asia. Ginger was considered a food preservative before there was refrigeration. It has also been considered for many medicinal purposes. Today, ginger is grown in several countries. Ginger is irregularly shaped with knobby “fingers”. The pieces are often referred to as hands. It is available all year around, making it an essential in several cultures. Ginger is best when used immediately, but can be frozen in pieces and used as needed. It can also be refrigerated for a week or two, but may tend to dry out this way. Ginger is generally peeled before using. It can be grated, chopped, minced or sliced for recipes. Ginger will add a delicious spice flavor to any recipe. Ginger is great in tea, stir fry, crystallized, in dessert or any main dish recipe.