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Spotlight on Mangoes
Mangoes are one of the fruits we really enjoy in the summer.  It wasn't until we owned our own produce store that I really began to understand mangoes.  I used to think a mango was a mango was a mango.  Boy, was I wrong.  Mangoes come in a  wide variety of types and each one has it's own unique flavor and texture.  If you've tried mangoes before, and not found them as delightful as we do, try them again.  Sample several different varieties before you make up your mind.  Juicy mangoes are often described as an exotic mix between pineapple and peach.  Our favorite variety is Adolfo which is kidney shaped and flatter than other varieties.  They ripen into a yellow-orange color and are sweet and tender.  The most common variety is Tommy Atkins mango which is rounder in shape and ripens to a bright red and yellow.  This is the variety which is most commonly found in grocery stores.  
Read the rest of the story about this wonderful fruit here.  

I recently discovered a new way to prepare this wonderful summer vegetable.  I am amazed at how many different recipes you can find which use zucchini.  I think that may be because of how bountiful the zucchini plant is if you are lucky enough to have one or two in your garden.  We make a lot of zucchini bread during the summer, and we also love to sauté thinly sliced zucchini with a slice of sweet onion.  Top it off with a nice sprinkling of fresh or dried dill and you have a great side dish.  Recently though, I tried cutting the zucchini into wedges, topping the wedges with a little olive oil and salt and then roasting them in a 450 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes.   We all just love the crisp-tender wedges and it has become one of our new favorites. 
Click here for Zucchini Facts and Tips.


The beginning of August is already here. WOW!  Back to school sales are beginning to fill the newspapers and air waves, yet it seems we've hardly been to the beach yet!  Even though school may be just around the corner, it's nice to know that we are still in the middle of the wonderful bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that only summer can bring us.  There's still plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the bounty of God's creation before the rush of autumn activities overtake our families.  As for me, I'm headed out to have a watermelon seed spitting contest with the kids.  Did you know that if you launch the seeds from the top of a playhouse, you can get some record distances and speeds?




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