Product Spotlight: Veggies
Fresh Fall Veggies
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 ‘round 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 sauté casseroles or creamed as a side dish. Pearl onions are great on skewers or in sauces too.
To peel pearl onions, blanch them quickly 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. Pearl onions 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.
Ginger is one of the most versatile roots. It is very popular for juicing, and is a main flavoring ingredient for stir fries, sauces and many recipes that you want to add an Asian flair. Ginger root is generally peeled before using; an easy way to peel ginger is by using the back of a spoon and gently scraping the skin off. Ginger can also be frozen for later use.
A relative in the ginger root family, turmeric is one of the latest trends. Often used for juicing to extract the many health benefits which include: helping alleviate arthritis, preventing and treating Alzheimer’s, lowering risk of heart disease, helping to prevent cancer and turmeric contains anti inflammatory elements as well as antioxidants.
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 great 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.
Shallots are a member of the onion family and are tender in texture, mild in flavor (less pungent than an onion), and quick to cook. Since each head is made up of several cloves, shallots often resemble garlic rather than onions. Covered with a thin, paper-like skin, shallots are an excellent way to enhance flavor without adding sodium or other salty seasonings. The skin color of a shallot can range from pale brown or gray to a soft rose. Once exposed, the ivory flesh is usually marked by a pale green or purple color.
Shallots should be stored like an onion, in a cool, dark place. They are low calorie; contain no cholesterol and very minimal sodium (12g per 3 oz.). Use shallots in sauces, sautés, casseroles, as a condiment or any way you would use an onion. You will love them!
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 (about 6 months!). Just slice or dice and add to your favorite recipe. They can be served hot or cold. Try them added to your favorite vegetable dish, or sliced in a garden salad. Beets will add color and vitamins for minimal calories and maximum flavor! Use them in this quick and delicious salad: Chopped beets, diced cucumber, diced onion, chopped kale and rice wine vinegar… YUM!
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. The best part is these are available year around!
Six Bean Medley
This convenient package of six beans is the perfect combination of red kidney beans, white kidney beans, white navy beans, cranberry beans, black beans and black-eyed peas. Easy to use for cold bean salads, soups, stews, or even chili!
They are vacuum sealed for longer shelf-life and contain no artificial colors or flavors. They are also a good source of protein and fiber.
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 flavorful 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. An excellent source of fiber and potassium, they are great when baked, roasted, mashed or sautéed. They are also delicious in potato salad. Be sure to check out our new DYP® cookbook, too!
Melissa’s winter squash will bring color and warmth to your dinner table, adding flavor, variety and health. With over 20 different squash varieties to choose from, you won’t have any problem finding one you’ll love. Hard squash is extremely rich in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C, folate and potassium. Squash can be easily prepared by halving and baking in the oven until tender. Try one of these hard squashes to create amazing meals:
- This light beige colored squash is best when it is about 8-12 inches long. Butternut squash is a sweet tasting squash that is great when cooked and cubed as a side dish. The high carotene content of butternut squash makes its flesh a deep orange color.
- This acorn shaped squash is either green or gold. It is a sweet squash and makes a great serving “dish” when cut in half with the flesh carved out. Stuff it with a rice mixture for a delicious side dish.
- Remove the seeds and bake this squash to reveal spaghetti-like strands when scraped out with a fork. Top with your favorite sauce for a healthier version of a popular dish.
- This dark green squash tastes similar to a pumpkin when cooked. Great baked into a casserole or cubed and steamed with cinnamon.
- One of the smaller hard squashes, this light squash with dark green stripes can be sliced and baked for a simple side dish.
- A little larger than an apple, this single serving squash can be baked and stuffed with your favorite soup or stew.
- This smooth orange squash looks similar to a pumpkin without the ridges. The cooked flesh has a slight chestnut flavor and is delicious made into a pie or a mash.
This versatile squash is part of the gourd family. It is also known as a mirliton squash and is often stuffed or used in casseroles or sautés.
Chayote is a crisp and juicy squash with green flesh and a mildly sweet flavor. It is rich in nutrients and is believed to contain cancer fighting antioxidants.
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.
California Chile peppers are coming to an end and new crop Mexico will begin mid-November.
Hatch Chile Powder
Melissa’s now offers amazing Hatch Chile flavor, all year ‘round! We took fresh hot and mild Hatch chiles and dried them for the best tasting chile powder EVER! Use Hatch powder to add flavor and heat to soups, casseroles, omelets, eggs, or anywhere you would use regular chile powder.
If you are a Hatch Chile fanatic, you know you will love this powder. If you have never tried Hatch Chiles, this is the perfect way to try their unique flavor. (Fresh Hatch Chiles are only available 4-6 weeks in August/early September.) You will love trying some of our family recipes in our Hatch Chile Cookbook, too!
This delicious one-time use sauce packet is ready-to-eat. Hollandaise means Holland-style or from Holland. This rich and flavorful sauce is made with two main ingredients: eggs and butter. Use it on vegetables like asparagus, artichokes, or brussels sprouts. Hollandaise is also delicious on fish and eggs.