Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Eating a Lot of Orange Food

Garnet yams, kabocha squash.


I've already eaten these! They are the fuyu variety.

We picked some up at the Waialua farmers' market, which are taking longer to ripen.

How do you know when they're ripe? The first group we ate softened markedly, so I just cut them in half crosswise and ate them by spooning them out. The ones we ate last night were the right color, but crispy-firm. I cut them into quarters, then peeled and ate them - yum!

Remember - do not eat the skin, and do not eat them until ripe - when the skin turns from yellow to orange. Unripe fruit has tannins which are astringent and bitter to the taste.

The price is right - under $1.50/lb - and you'll be treating your body to beta-carotene and antioxidants in this lovely orange fruit.

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