Sunday, July 31, 2011

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Honey Royale Nectarines

"The best nectarine of the year" according to Ryan Earehart, Mana Foods produce manager. This juicy fruit is low-acid, super sweet and something to look forward to every year. They are free stone, which means to pit comes out easily without adhering to the pulp.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sweetheart Cherries

This is the peak of the cherry season! Enjoy these big heart shaped cherries with your sweetheart! The large bright red cherries have a mild sweet flavor and are super delicious.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Necto-plums are here

Don't miss out, because these won't be here for long. Necto-plums are a delicious cross between a Nectarine and Plum. Grown by Ferrari Farms, an organic 300-acre, family owned and operated farm, located in the heart of California in the San Joaquin Valley.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer Safety

Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you. ~Erma Bombeck

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Best of Maui: Best Health Food Store

Mahalo Maui Time readers, for voting Mana Foods as the best health food store on the island!
From the July 14, 2011 best if Maui edition of Maui Time:
"Mana is an incredible grocery store serving the North Shore and the rest of Maui from their Baldwin Avenue location. The store is small but it’s a lesson in efficiency. They have so many goods packed in there it’s magical. Mana has been open for the past 25 years and started with the philosophy of selling local produce and fruits way before it was a popular notion. Mana also sells locally manufactured goods, bakes their own bread and pastries, has their own butcher, sells organic clothing lines, and has a great beauty section. Their hot foods bar offers an amazing selection of veggie delights like the spanikopita, teriyaki tofu and more. This is a market for the people by the people, and you voted it best."

Monday, July 25, 2011

Did you know?

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, playing second fiddle only to water.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Did you know?

Carrots have more beta carotene than any other vegetable. One cup of carrots has 16,679 IU of beta-carotene.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rapoza Mango

Fresh from Molokai, we have Ryan's favorite mango, the Rapoza! This amazing mango has a deep orange flavor, with a skinny pit and low fiber/string. This mango is the only variety that is scentless.

The Rapoza mango was developed by the Department of Horticulture, University of Hawai'i at Manoa and is named in honor of Herbert Rapoza, a worker at the Poamoho Experimental Farm.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Did you know?

The Ancient Greeks called the carrot a philtron, which translates to "love charm." They believed the carrot made both men and women more amorous.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Think Local: Carrots

Support your local farmer, buy locally grown carrots. We have several varieties, rainbow in bunches, loose nelsons and sugar snacks. These carrots have been hand planted, weeded, harvested and cleaned, unlike the mechanized mainland carrots.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pineapple tip

If you want to speed up the ripening of a pineapple, so that you can eat it faster, then you can do it by standing it upside down (on the leafy end).

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Did you know?

The peach’s scientific name, Prunus persica, is a direct reference to the fruit’s travels to Persia along the Silk Road.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Did you know?

Espresso has 1/3 of the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Feeling Peachy!

Doughnut peaches are known by many other names, including Saturn peach, paraguayo peach, pan tao peach, saucer peach, and UFO peach. They're sweeter and lower in acid, that other varieties with almond overtones. They are "free stone," which means the pit doesn't cling to the flesh, so it's easy to remove.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Think Local: Dragon Fruit

Big, beautiful and Maui grown dragon fruits are here! I just learned that legend says that the fruit was created by fire-breathing dragons and that by eating the dragon fruit, one became empowered with the same strength and ferocity of a dragon.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Honey Blaze Nectarines

The perfectly named HONEY nectarines are sweet and juicy with a high Brix rating. Nectarines, like their furry cousins peaches, most likely originated in China over 2000 years ago. They were cultivated in ancient Persia, Greece and Rome and more recently, in Great Britain in the late 16th or early 17th centuries. Nectarines were introduced to America by the Spanish and today, California grows over 95% of the nectarines produced in the United States.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ben & Jerry's new flavors

Ahhh, ice cream and summertime. Check out the new flavors from Ben & Jerry's: Bonnaroo Buzz: Coffee & Malt Ice Creams with Toffee Chunks & a Whiskey Caramel Swirl; my favorite Late Night Snack: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with a Salty Caramel Swirl & Fudge Covered Potato Chip Clusters; Red Velvet Cake: Red Velvet Cake Batter Ice Cream with Red Velvet Cake Pieces & a Cream Cheese Frosting Swirl; and Cluster Fluff: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramel Cluster Pieces, Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Swirls.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Think Local: Madre Chocolate

Locally made in Honolulu, Hawaii, Madre Chocolate, is made with cacao purchased directly from an organic farm cooperatives in Mexico and Hawaii and crafted in small batches. The processing preserves a high level of healthy antioxidants and provides a rich delightful flavor. Try unique flavors like Chipotle Allspice and Hibiscus.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Did you know?

Lychee trees can live for more than 100 years.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Did you know?

Figs provide more fiber than any other common fruit or vegetable.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fresh & Organic: Apricots

Very rare organic Blenheim variety! Hailed as the world's most popular apricot, the Blenheim apricot, an early season variety, has been grown in the Santa Clara Valley region of California since the early 1900s. Now available at Mana Foods, the Blenheim is both sweet and tart with an intensely aroma of honeysuckle. Don't let this tiny package fool you, it is packed with flavor and loaded with Vitamins A and C.