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June, 2009

Take a look at our fresh June fruit...

Golden King Melons
Golden King Melons
The Golden King melon is one of the more recent melons available in the marketplace. This hybrid Korean melon produces bright golden color fruit with white crisp flesh that is very sweet and tasty. The white flesh is mildly sweet and aromatic, intensifying as it ripens; its flavor is a gentle mix of banana and pear or mild cantaloupe. The Golden King is also known as a dessert melon. Delicious eaten by itself sliced or in fruit salad, it is also delicious with a sprinkle of ginger, salt, or a squeeze of lemon or lime. Golden King melons add sweetness to fruit salads or in refreshing drinks, such as fruit punches or daiquiris. Golden King melons are a very sweet melon…making them a great snack to fulfill that sweet craving. They are also a low calorie treat with plenty of vitamins A and C.



Plumcots
Plumcots
Plumcots are a hybrid of a plum and an apricot, commonly known as a pluot. Plumcots retain the characteristics and flavor of a plum. Plumcots have a smooth skin like the plum and are yellow gold in color similar to the apricot. The flesh of the Plumcot is also a yellow gold color offering a sweet, juicy flavor. Plumcots provide a unique complex flavor with a sugar content much higher than plum and apricots varieties. Plumcots sweet flavor mixes well with all berries and goes wonderful in a fruit or green salad. Plumcots makes excellent jelly, jam or preserves. Plumcots make a great snack or lunch box treat. Plumcots are low fat, and high in vitamin C.






Red Tamarillos
Red Tamarillos
Red Tamarillos are also known as “tree tomatoes”. They grow world wide, but are generally from New Zealand, United States and Ecuador. Tamarillos are egg-shaped fruit, about 3-4 inches long. The outside is inedible, but the inside is full of rich, meaty flesh that contains small seeds, similar to a regular tomato. Tamarillos have a tart, tangy flavor and are used as both a fruit and a vegetable. When used as a fruit, tamarillos are generally served in a tart with crème, or some other sweetener. They are often eaten raw with a little lemon juice and sugar. When used as a vegetable, they are generally used like a regular tomato, in sauces, stews, sautéed or grilled. Tamarillos are a very versatile fruit. Tamarillos must be peeled before eaten, as the skin is not edible. They are very low in calories and sodium, and are a good source of vitamins A and C. Store unripe tamarillos at room temperature until they yield to gentle pressure. Otherwise, store in the refrigerator for about 1 week.


Lychees
Lychees
Lychees are round, beautiful rosy red to dark brown colored fruits, about 1-2”, encased in a thin bumpy shell. They are sometimes referred to as ‘Chinese Cherries’. Lychees are considered a good luck fruit and are often given as gifts during Chinese New Year. The inside resembles a peeled grape and the taste is phenomenal! Lychees taste like a mixture of honey, strawberries and Muscat grapes. Lychees also have a large, inedible seed inside, so use caution when eating them. To eat a lychee, just crack the shell gently with your hand or teeth. Remove half of the shell and pop the lychee flesh into your mouth (or serving dish). Be sure to remove the seed. Lychees are delicious as a snack, in fruit salads, as a garnish or in stir-fry. They are best when purchased and eaten immediately, but can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Store them in a plastic bag with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. Lychees are low calorie and have very little fat. They are a good source of potassium and an excellent source of vitamin C. Lychee is said to help relieve coughs, and is being tested by The Cancer Institute for activity against tumors.


Quince
Quince
Quince is an ancient fruit dating back as far as Adam and Eve. Some biblical historians believe this was actually the apple in the story of Adam and Eve. Quince is also known as a “golden apple”. It is believed to symbolize love and happiness. Quince was brought to the United States in the 17th century, although it is still grown around the world. Quince is a fruit that should be eaten cooked, not raw. The raw fruit is bitter and undesirable to eat. Generally quince is used for sauces, jams or preserves, baked, or even stewed, as they stay firm even when cooked for a long time. Quince is a good source of Vitamin C; it is low in calories (about 53 per medium fruit) and a good source of minerals. Store quince in the refrigerator, carefully wrapped, as they bruise easily.





Saturn Peaches
Saturn Peaches
Saturn peaches get their unique name because of their unusual shape: they are flat and round, looking like the planet Saturn. Saturn peaches are a white-fleshed peach, with a semi-free stone in the center. They have a beautiful blush on the velvety outer skin and a deliciously juicy inner flesh. They are great eaten out of hand for a snack, and are delicious eaten in pies, desserts or fruit salads. They are a very sweet peach and are only available for a limited time in July. Saturn peaches should be stored the same as other peaches; Keep at room temperature until ripe, then refrigerate a day or two until eaten. They are best when eaten immediately. Peaches are low calorie and have no fat or cholesterol.





Mangosteen
Mangosteen
Mangosteens are a tropical fruit grown in Southeast Asia. Until now, they have not been allowed into the United States. Melissa’s has been working very close with the USDA and FDA to allow these wonderful fruits into the United States and as of July 23, 2007, they are now permitted for import into the U.S. For centuries, the varied cultures and societies of Southeast Asia have revered the mangosteen. Although the mangosteen has been touted for its splendid flavor, it has also been suggested that use of the whole mangosteen fruit can promote good health. Mangosteens have a smooth hard rind with fleshy segments inside. Caution should be taken when cutting a mangosteen, as the older the fruit gets, the tougher the rind. Carefully cut into the rind, and work your way around the rind, trying not to cut the inner flesh. One the diameter is cut, “pop” it off and your flesh is ready to eat or use in recipes.


Indian Mango
Indian Mango
For years the Indian Mango was touted in the media as “one of the best tasting mangos in the world”. These small green to yellow mangoes look similar to the more common ataulfo variety. They soften up nicely giving the fruit a creamy texture and sweet flavor with hints of almond, coconut, vanilla, citrus and cinnamon The Indian Mango is the 6th major variety allowed into the United States for commercial distribution. Mangos are a great source of vitamin C and are low calorie, making them a great snack. The easiest and neatest way to eat a mango is to slice from top the bottom lengthwise, and tear the strips off the long seed. You can stick a fork into the flesh and eat like a Popsicle, or if there is more flesh on the peel, simply invert the peel and cut into cubes by cutting grid lines… the fruit will fall off in cubes once you cut it away from the peel.




Melissa's Dessert Sauces
Melissa's Dessert Sauces
These delicious sauces are available in 6 flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Kiwi Lime, Mango, White Chocolate, and Raspberry. They are perfect for quick and easy desserts – use them on crepes, ice cream, and cheesecake or drizzled over fresh berries or sorbet. They come in a ready-to-use squeeze bottle that will make you look like a gourmet dessert maker! Perfect for adding a touch of elegance to the finish any meal.