Why Organic Wild Blueberries Are Actually Worth The Hype

Posted by Eric Siegel on Aug 16, 2015 11:13:00 PM

If you’re a native New Englander or longtime Boston resident, then August is probably one of your favorite months for fresh, organic fruit. Not only are juicy heirloom tomatoes ready for harvest and stone fruit at its peak, it’s also the heart of the short but spectacular wild blueberry season.

The Boston Organics Community includes some pretty talented farmers, but there are some things that nature simply does better than any human can. One such thing is growing blueberries.

We’ve had organic blueberries available as an add-on for several weeks and even had a few pints of super delicious local, organic blueberries from Dwight Miller Orchard in our boxes last month, but wild blueberries—the kind that you dreamt about as a kid—are in another league entirely.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, organic blueberries, Newsletter, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, summer produce

What the Kale Is THAT?! A Guide to Organic Kale Varieties

Posted by Eric Siegel on Aug 6, 2015 10:00:20 AM

Before it was dubbed America’s “superfood,” kale was an obscure green that could only be found at farmers’ markets, independent health food stores and, of course, at Boston Organics. Kale has become so popular that it’s almost hard to remember a time before it was the ultimate emblem of healthy food. 

But now that kale is everywhere (even McDonald’s is planning to add kale to their menu), there are so many different kinds of kale out there, it’s hard to keep them all straight.

Here’s a quick guide to the most common varieties of kale we carry, so the next time it shows up in your organic grocery delivery you won’t be asking yourself “What the kale is that?!”

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, organic kale, Organic Leafy Greens, Guides and Infographics

Are Pluots GMOs? And Other Questions About Hybrid Stone Fruit

Posted by Eric Siegel on Jul 12, 2015 11:30:00 AM

What would the perfect fruit look like? It would probably be sweet and juicy. It might have a bright, edible skin so you don’t have to worry about messy peels and rinds. While you’re at it, you’d want to make it easy to grow and sturdy enough to take with you without getting smooshed like a brown banana at the bottom of lunch bag. Do you have an image in your head yet? Does it look something like this:

This is a pluot, a beautifully constructed hybrid-cross between a plum and an apricot. Some people consider pluots to be the perfect fruit, but it’s also very much still a work in progress. Though the first successfully controlled cross between a plum and an apricot occurred more than a century ago, most people are unfamiliar with pluots. And those who are fortunate enough to have tasted these juicy fruits are often filled with questions about the mysterious hybrid.

Fortunately, Boston Organics is here to take you “beneath the peel,” giving you a better understanding of the mysteries behind the organic pluot.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Organic Stone Fruit, Non GMO, Original Boston Organics Blog

Why You Need To Try Garlic Scapes Right Now

Posted by Eric Siegel on Jun 29, 2015 9:35:00 AM

Even the organic food movement —as grounded as it is in a holistic understanding of traditional farming methods, environmentalism and nutrient-rich food —is not immune to fads. Every few months, it seems someone has suddenly “discovered” the benefits of eating pea shoots, grapefruit or kale.

More often than not, these foods, which are spontaneously thrust into the national spotlight, are foods that the Boston Organics Community has been growing and eating for years.

Garlic scapes, one of our favorite early summer vegetables, seem to be enjoying a just such a Renaissance moment. While the Boston Organics Crew already loves cooking with them, we’re excited to see so many people trying garlic scapes for the very first time.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, organic garlic scapes, Original Boston Organics Blog

Everything You Never Knew About Asparagus

Posted by Eric Siegel on May 22, 2015 3:10:00 PM

Are you familiar with the expression it’s just the tip of the iceberg? That’s the best way to describe how much you probably knew about asparagus...until now.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, spring produce, Original Boston Organics Blog

Sweet Facts About Vidalia Onions

Posted by Eric Siegel on May 11, 2015 9:12:21 AM

We mindlessly toss an onion into almost every savory dish we eat, but unless we’re making onion rings or French onion soup, they rarely take center stage. That is, of course, unless we’re cooking with Vidalia Onions.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Newsletter, Organic Onions

The Sweetest Pear: Abate Fetel

Posted by Eric Siegel on Apr 26, 2015 2:07:26 PM

Imagine the sweetest pear you’ve ever eaten. Now imagine that every pear you pick up is just as sweet or even better. That’s what it would be like if you only ate Abate Fetels.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Organic Pears, Original Boston Organics Blog

The Mesmerizing Mango

Posted by Eric Siegel on Apr 19, 2015 7:58:21 AM

Americans consider mangoes a rare delicacy, but they’re actually one of the most consumed fruits in the world. In fact, there’s a lot more to mangoes than meets the eye. That’s why Boston Organics is going “beneath the peel” to explore the amazing world of the mango.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Organic Mangoes, Original Boston Organics Blog

Parsnips Are to Boston As Carrots Are to New York

Posted by Eric Siegel on Apr 5, 2015 6:45:00 AM

If New Yorkers were carrots, parsnips would be the Bostonians of the vegetable world. For no discernible reason, parsnips are inhibited by a bit of an inferiority complex despite being much friendlier to the palate than the more popular orange root.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Newsletter, Organic Parsnips, Organic Root Vegetables

The Case for Artichokes

Posted by Eric Siegel on Mar 9, 2015 6:06:27 AM

When you eat an artichoke, do you ever wonder who was clever (aka desperate) enough to figure out how to get sustenance from such an austere, abrasive and all-around thorny plant?!

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Original Boston Organics Blog

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