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    Beans

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    Beans

    New Jersey offers a variety of beans including cranberry, fava, green, lima, pole green, snap, yellow and wax to name a few.

    How to Select

    Choose fresh, well colored beans that snap easily when bent.

    How to Store

    Refrigerate green beans in plastic bag, use within 1 week.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; low calorie; good source of fiber; good source of vitamin C.

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    Yellow Squash

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    Yellow Squash

    Squash are fleshy vegetables protected by a hard rind. They belong to the plant family that includes melons and cucumbers.

    How to Select

    For all squash varieties, choose glossy, small- to medium-sized squash, heavy for size.

    How to Store

    Refrigerate summer squash for use within 3-4 days.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; low calorie; high in vitamin C.

    In season from 6/15-10/15

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    Zucchini

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    Zucchini

    The flower of zucchini plants is also edible.

    How to Select

    Look for zucchini with a slightly prickly, but shinny skin. The skin should be firm and free of cuts and bruises.

    How to Store

    Store zucchini in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. Do not wash it until you are ready to use it. Cooked zucchini can be stored in the refrigerator as well, but should be used with in 2 days.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Fat free, saturated fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free, low-calorie, high in vitamin C.

    In season from 6/15-10/15

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    Onions

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    Onions

    People have been eating onions since prehistoric times.

    How to Select

    Choose onions that are firm and dry with bright, smooth outer skins.

    How to Store

    Store whole onions in a cool, dark, well ventilated place for use within 4 weeks. Refrigerate cut onions in a tightly sealed container for use within 2-3 days.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Fat free; saturated fat free; very low sodium; cholesterol free; high in vitamin C; good source of dietary fiber.

    In season from 6/20-10/31

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    Tomatoes

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    Tomatoes

    Famous for our Jersey Tomatoes, NJ ranks 7th in the nation in production.

    How to Select

    Choose tomatoes with bright, shiny skins and firm flesh.

    How to Store

    Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight, for use within 1 week after ripe. Tomatoes taste best if not refrigerated; refrigerate only if you can’t use them before they spoil.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Low fat; saturated fat free; very low sodium; cholesterol free; low calorie; high in vitamin A; high in vitamin C; good source of potassium.

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    Corn

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    Corn

    The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows. There is one piece of silk for each kernel.

    How to Select

    Choose ears with green husks, fresh silks and tight rows of kernels.

    How to Store

    Refrigerate corn with husks on for use as soon as possible or within 1-2 days.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Low fat; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; good source of vitamin C.

    In season from 6/25-9/5

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    Cucumbers

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    Cucumbers

    Generally eaten raw, cucumbers can be sauteed and served warm with a little chopped dill as a side dish.

    How to Select

    Choose firm, well shaped cucumbers with dark green color, heavy for size.

    How to Store

    Refrigerate cucumbers in plastic bag up to 1 week.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; low calorie; good source of vitamin C.

    In season from 6/25-9/30

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    Peppers

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    Peppers

    NJ Varieties of peppers include Bell, Cheese, Cherry Hot, Chili, Cubanelle, Habanero, Jalapeno, Long Hots, Poblano and Serrano among others. NJ ranks 4th in production of Bell Peppers nationwide.

    How to Select

    Choose firm, brightly colored peppers with tight skin that are heavy for their size. Avoid dull, shriveled or pitted peppers.

    How to Store

    Refrigerate peppers in plastic bag for use within 5 days.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Fat free; saturated fat free; low sodium; cholesterol free; low calorie; high in vitamin C.

    In season from 6/25-10/31

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    Plums

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    Plums

    Plum trees were brought to California from Asia in the 1870’s.

    How to Select

    Choose plump plums with smooth skins. Avoid bruises and soft spots.

    How to Store

    Store unripe plums in paper bag until ripe. Refrigerate ripe plums.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; good source of vitamin C.

    In season from 7/1-9/30

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    Garlic

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    Garlic

    The smell of garlic can be removed from the fingers by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.

    How to Select

    Choose garlic that is plump, dry and firm. Fresh garlic should be white to off-white.

    How to Store

    Garlic should be stored in a cool, dark place, but not in the refrigerator, and can be kept for several weeks. Clay garlic holders can be used as well.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free.

    In season from 7/1-12/31

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    Potatoes

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    Potatoes

    According to USDA, each American eats 112 pounds of potatoes a year.

    How to Select

    All potato varieties should be clean, firm, smooth, dry and uniform in size.

    How to Store

    Store potatoes in a cool, dark, well ventilated place for use within 3-5 weeks.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; high in vitamin C; good source of potassium.

    In season from 7/1-12/15

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    Eggplant

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    Eggplant

    Eggplant is a member of the nightshade or potato family, which also includes tomatoes and hot peppers. Eggplants can be purple, green, white or striped, pear-shaped or cylindrical and the size of a golf ball to a football. They are often used as a meat substitute. New Jersey ranks 2nd in the nation in production of eggplant.

    How to Select

    Choose eggplants that are heavy for their size and without cracks or discolorations.

    How to Store

    Store eggplants in the refrigerator crisper drawer. Use within 5-7 days.

    Nutrition Benefits

    Fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, low in calories, good source of dietary fiber.

    In season from 7/10-10/15

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