Product Spotlight - Fruits
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Pixie Tangerines are exceptionally sweet tangerines. They are a hybrid of a King and a Dancy tangerine. Pixies are not only sweet and delicious, but they are also seedless and have a very low acidity. They are delicious when juiced or simply eaten out of hand. Pixies were once considered a backyard fruit, only grown in small gardens and local areas of California; they were not commercially grown. Now, because of their great taste and attractive characteristics, they have grown in popularity and are available from Melissa’s in May and June.
Like most tangerines, they are an excellent source of vitamin C and also contain potassium, vitamin A and folic acid. They can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, but are best when eaten immediately.
Yellow watermelon is sweeter than red watermelon and usually has a thicker rind. Both red and yellow are delicious. Add unique color to fruit plates and garnishes by slicing a yellow watermelon and serving it in cubes or wedges. Yellow watermelon is a low calorie treat that contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant that may protect against cancer and eye disease. It is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Definitely something that should be on everyone’s shopping list!
Organic Red and Green Muscato™ Grapes
Delicious and nutritious, organic red and green Muscato™ grapes from Chile are the perfect fruit anytime. They are grown without pesticides allowing their true flavor to explode with goodness when eaten. Perfect for on-the-go snacks, fruit salads or garnishes, grapes are very versatile.
Grapes are a sweet treat packed with nutrients. They are high in antioxidants which may help protect against certain types of cancer or chronic diseases. They are a heart healthy fruit and contain a good supply of vitamins C and K.
This sweet, small melon is also known as a “French Breakfast” melon. Originating in the Charentes region of west-central France, Melissa’s is importing them from the Dominican Republic to bring you this full-flavored juicy melon. Each melon is the perfect size to serve 2. Delicious as a snack or served as a garnish.
Charentais Melon’s are low calorie but packed with both vitamin A and vitamin C. Convenient and delicious, get them now while they are in good supply.
Melissa’s offers a huge array of seasonal melons to enjoy. A few include: Gaya melons, Asaki melons, Korean melons, Santa Claus melons, Hami melons and Canary melons. Most melons are low-calorie, and packed with vitamins A and C. They are sweet and juicy. Perfect to serve at barbecues, picnics and perfect for snacks!
This unusual looking fruit is native to Southeast Asia. It gets its name from the Malay word for “hair” because of its hairy outer appearance. Rambutans are related to the lychee and longan and have while flesh when their shell is removed. Each small fruit has an inedible large seed inside.
Rambutans are said to be good for digestion as well as containing a good amount of fiber and vitamin C.
Also known as Cape Gooseberries, Golden Ground Cherries, Phyllis, and Pinchu Berry, Goldenberries are great for jams, jellies, preserves, pie fillings (with or without strawberries), chutneys, sauces, purées, meat glazes, or as a garnish for plates and beverages. These unique berries are perfect for adding variety to your recipes.
Goldenberries are low calorie, containing about 15 calories per ounce. They also contain vitamins A and C with no sodium and very low carbohydrates.
Organic Peach and Plum Bites
These small but flavorful fruits are grown with no pesticides or fungicides, allowing their full flavor to treat your taste buds! Perfect as an on-the -go snack, for school lunches or for a quick pick-me-up between meals.
Enjoy organic Peach and Plum bites while they are available, helping you to reach your 5-a-day goal.
A squeeze of lemon without the seeds speeds up prep time and enhances the flavor of many dishes including chicken, fish, vegetables and soups. Lemons are available year-round to add juice and zest to marinades, sauces and even used to retain color and add zing to fruit salads. Squeeze some lemon juice on your favorite salad, or use as a garnish on appetizer plates or in your favorite drink. These delicious lemons are available year around.
Blueberries are a delicious and easy way to get fresh fruit into your diet! Easy to pop into your mouth as a snack or add them to oatmeal, cold cereal, yogurt, pancakes, muffin mixes, breads, pies, cakes, fresh salads… the list goes on. The good thing about blueberries is they are available year-round…
Our blueberries are certified organically grown, meaning no artificial or synthetic fertilizers. Organic fruits have that “just-picked” garden flavor that your taste-buds will love!
Organic blueberries are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K and are low in calories. Store blueberries in the refrigerator and eat them as soon as possible.
Crisp and sweet, Fuyu Persimmons have been described as having a flavor similar to a mix of mango, date and tomato. Many people simply eat them out of hand like an apple, but they can also be sliced and used in salads, on cheese trays, or served wrapped with prosciutto and lemon or lime juice as an appetizer. Chilean Fuyu Persimmons are available mid-April – June.
Red Tamarillos are also known as “tree tomatoes”. They are generally from New Zealand, the 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 whipped cream, 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 being 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.
A pleasant surprise lies inside the wrinkled, dimpled, unusual Passion Fruit. The aromatic, jelly-like golden flesh of this tropical fruit is sweet-tart in flavor and filled with soft, edible seeds. Passion Fruit is egg-shaped and has a thick, hard shell that is deeply wrinkled when ripe. Contrary to popular belief, Passion Fruit is named for the bloom of the Passion Fruit flower which is thought to symbolize various parts of the Passion of Christ (such as the crown of thorns and the nails of the crucifixion) and not because of passionate powers it was once believed to contain. New Zealand Passion Fruit is purple while the Hawaiian variety is yellow. Passion Fruit is generally eaten fresh but may be cooked for use in sauces and fillings. Simply halve fruit and scoop out the pulp and seeds with a spoon.
Passion fruit can be purchased with smooth skin for use later, or with wrinkled, dimpled skin for immediate use. The more wrinkles, the better it will taste! Passion fruit can be frozen once the flesh is removed from the shell. It is best when stored at room temperature. Passion fruit is very low calorie with about 18 calories per medium fruit and contains vitamins A and C.
Once grown only in New Zealand, Melissa’s Kiwano Melons are now grown in California as well. Consumers are drawn to these intriguing, yet versatile tropical fruits whose look easily captures attention. The spiky, orange colored shells of Kiwano Melons encase a soft, succulent bright green flesh. Melissa’s Kiwano Melons are mild in flavor and similar in taste to cucumbers. Once peeled, Melissa’s Kiwano Melons can be tossed in fresh fruit salads or served as a garnish with roasted meats.
Kiwano melons last for several weeks without refrigeration from their initial picking. Once they “give” to the touch, they are ripe and ready to eat. Do not store them near apples or bananas, as these fruits will shorten their shelf life. They are low in calorie with only 24 calories in 3 ½ oz., and contain more potassium than a banana. They are also high in Vitamin C.
Feijoas are grown throughout the world and have become very popular in the United States. Sometimes feijoas are referred to as a pineapple guava, but they are actually two different fruits. Feijoas are lime-green, egg shaped fruits, with a soft succulent flesh. They are very fragrant and are often eaten as a dessert, in compotes, jams, pies, and sauces. Fresh feijoas are great in fruit salads, or as a garnish. Feijoas are rich in Vitamin C, 28mg per 100 g serving, and have only 35 calories per 3 ½ oz. fruit. Feijoas are best when kept refrigerated and are ripe when they are a bit soft to the touch.
Melissa's Dessert Sauces
These delicious sauces are available in 5 flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cinnamon, 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.