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June, 2009

Take a look at our fresh June vegetables...

Melissa’s DYP’s (baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes)
Melissa’s DYP’s (baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes)
Grown in nutrient-rich volcanic soils where the days are warm and the nights are cool, Melissa’s baby DYP’s are produced under ideal conditions to create an irresistibly sweet potato. Our baby DYP’s have a distinct, yellow flesh with a subtle flavor and a creamy texture. They are low-fat with about 20 calories per ounce; perfect for baking, frying, mashing or preparing into delicious potato salad. They are perfect for summer grilling or roasting, too. Store Melissa’s baby DYP’s in a cool, dark place for best flavor.








Boiler Onions
Boiler Onions
Melissa's boiler onions are considered a dry onion (mature onion) harvested when their inner flesh is juicy and is covered with a dry papery skin. Melissa’s Boiler Onions are available in white, red, and gold. These versatile onions are about one inch in diameter and impart a sweet, pungent flavor. They can be cooked as a side dish and are favored for use in pickling and stews. Boiler onions are available year-round. They are perfect for summer grilling and holiday dishes. Delicious in salads, soups, main dishes or barbecued on skewers… Melissa’s Boiler Onions should be firm, with dry, papery skins. Store whole dry onions in a cool, dry place with good air circulation for up to two months. Once cut, tightly wrap any unused onion in plastic, refrigerate and use within a few days.




Sno Peas
Sno Peas
Sno Peas are completely edible (except the top stem), sweet pods that are crispy and delicious. They are generally used in stir fry dishes, in salads, side dishes, or even plain as a snack. Sno peas make great hors d’oeuvres, too. Try them stuffed with cream cheese or a creamy dip. Sno peas are a very perishable pod and should be purchased and used as soon as possible. After purchasing, store unwashed sno peas in the crisper section of your refrigerator for 1-2 days. When preparing, remove top stem and then add them last to keep them crispy and sweet. Sno peas are best when not overcooked. Sno peas are very low calorie, low in sodium and a good source of fiber and iron. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin C.





Chile Peppers
Chile Peppers
Chile peppers have been cultivated for more than 7,000 years, used extensively by the Incas and the Aztecs. Today, they are used by many ethnic groups in their daily cooking preparations. There are several varieties of fresh chile peppers: Yellow (or Caribe), Pasilla (or Poblano), Fresno-red and green, Habanero-assorted colors, Jalapeno, Anaheim-red and green, and Serrano, to name a few. Chile peppers get their heat from ‘capsaicin’, an oil in them that can burn your eyes and mouth. The hottest of these mentioned is the habanero chile, which is off the heat scale in comparison to the others. Generally, the smaller the chile, the hotter the bite. Also, when preparing chiles, if you remove the seeds, the chile will be milder. We also suggest wearing gloves and use caution not to touch your eyes. Chile peppers add a delightful flavor to any dish they are added to. Try them in eggs, soups, stir-fries, sauces or even bread. They are very versatile...and you can use more or less to your liking. Chiles should be refrigerated and used immediately for best flavor. They are low calorie and are a great substitute for salty seasonings.


Microwavable Baby Vegetables
Microwavable Baby Vegetables
Melissa’s microwaveable baby vegetables are ready to go veggies in several varieties: Baby Peeled Carrots, Baby Green Zucchini, Baby Summer Squash, Baby Veggie Medley, French Beans, Sugar Snap Peas and Sno Peas. They are packaged in a value added microwavable dish. In just 2-3 minutes you can create a delicious side dish. These are great for a quick side dish or low calorie snack. Just microwave and serve.








Baby Red Beets
Baby Red Beets
Melissa's Baby Red Beets are very delicious, convenient and easy to use. No more mess from boiling and peeling fresh beets! These no-hassle beets are vacuum-sealed for extended shelf-life (a good 3 months!). Just slice or dice and add to your favorite recipe. They can be served hot or cold. Melissa's Baby Red Beets are approximately 40 calories each and contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol. Beets are also a good source of fiber and are rich in potassium.






Mini Cucumbers
Mini Cucumbers
Mini cucumbers are actually a FRUIT (anything with seeds is considered a fruit) but most perceive them as a vegetable because they are eaten like a vegetable. For over 10,000 years, man has enjoyed mini cucumbers for their wonderful flavor as well as their beneficial effects to the skin. Crisp and refreshing cucumbers are generally eaten raw with dip, in salads, on sandwiches or even pickled. Mini cucumbers are very popular pickled. Cucumbers have virtually no calories and are very thirst quenching. A delicious and refreshing drink is to slice a few cucumber pieces and a couple of lemon or lime slices and put into a pitcher of cold water. You will love the added flavor!





Organic Zucchini
Organic Zucchini
Also known as Italian squash, summer squash, Calabacita or Courgette. Organic Zucchini is one of many summer squashes popular for steaming, sautéing, or grilling. Organic zucchini is completely edible, including the green skin. Zucchini is very versatile; it can also be fried, or buttered and then sprinkled with herbs and spices, or added to casseroles for a delicious nutritious meal. Organic zucchini is very low calorie. Try slice it lengthwise and putting it on the grill for a few minutes on each side. Or you can even cube it and add it to shish kabobs for added color and flavor with few added calories.