Fruit

Pomegranates, the Jewels of Winter — Ingredient Intelligence

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After the bounty of summer berries and stone fruits, it may seem that fall and winter are relegated to only apples, pears, and citrus, but don't forget pomegranates! The hidden little sweet-tart jewels inside pomegranates can brighten up any rainy or wintry day.

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Recipe: Baked Oatmeal with Figs & Dates — Breakfast Recipes from The Kitchn

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Don't we all crave a filling, warm breakfast on a brisk morning? I know I do. A bowl of plain oatmeal doesn't always quite satisfy — for the mornings when you need something heartier, you have to try baked oatmeal. Halfway between a cakey treat and a filling porridge, it's perfect.

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Do Banana Hooks Really Work? — Good Questions

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Q: So... What's the deal with those banana hooks? Do they actually do something better for banana storage, or are they just a fad? Is there a "better way" to store bananas? (Other than stating the obvious not putting them in the fridge).

Sent by Emma

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Did You Accidentally Pick 20 Pounds of Apples at the Farm? Let Us Help You With That.

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Finally this year I remembered to go apple picking before the frost hit! I remember looking at the somewhat small bags the orchard provided and thinking that I should pick enough to fill two or three bags, because one wouldn't be enough. Well, it's been two weeks and we still have apples to spare.

Are you in a similar state? Overloaded by apples brought on by over-eager pickers? Read on for tips on what to do with your apple bounty this fall!

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How I Make Dried Orange Peels for Homemade Bitters — The 9-Bottle Bar

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If you're feeling inspired by the tips in last week's biters column to make your own orange bitters, one of the essential ingredients you'll need is dried orange peel. You can probably find this product at your herbalist or specialty food store, but who knows how old those peels are? Taking the extra step to dehydrate fresh orange peel at home gives you that much more control over the quality and flavor of the final product.

And it's some of the easiest baking you'll ever do.

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Are U-Pick Farms a Waste of Money? We Decided to Find Out — Grocery Intelligence

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I remember fingertips stained strawberry red, hay bits stuck on kneecaps from kneeling on strawberry beds, small brown shoulders hot with summer while I balanced a half-empty crate, cramming my mouth with perfectly ripe berries. I remember the orchard every autumn: watching my dad pick the tree-top apples for my mom; inhaling the sharp cider-scent of rotting apples scattered beneath trees; casting sideways glances at the hornets hovering.

Do these romantic memories of picking fruit at a farm still have relevance to the modern grown-up budget? And do U-pick farms make any economic sense to those of us watching our grocery pennies? I took a trip out to the country to find out.

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