Fruit Vegetables

avocado


Avocado: pear shaped, green with shades of

brown

Flavor profile: rich and creamy

What to look for: hard, wrinkeld,

Uses: salads, puree, spread, marinade

Storage: refrigeration

Preparation: cut in half the long way, remove

seed, scoop avocado meat out with a large

spoon

banana peppers


Banana peppers: long narrow, light green

Flavor profile: mildly hot

What to look for: green stem, soft areas, cuts

in the flesh, black spots

Uses: pickled, sauteed

Storage: in plastic bags in refrigerator

Preparation: slice in rings, or leave whole for

pickling. Remove seeds for other uses.

cherry peppers


Cherry Peppers: red, 1 3/4 in cherry shape

Flavor profile: mild to medium hot

What to look for: green stem, soft areas, cuts

in the flesh, black spots

Uses: pasta, pickled, stuffed

Storage: in plastic bags in refrigerator

Preparation: pickled whole, other uses

remove seeds,

cherry tomatoes


Cherry Tomato: red cherry size

Flavor profile: slightly sour

What to look for: firm,rich color, noticable

aroma

Uses: salad, roasted, sauteed,

Storage: room temperature

Preparation: wash, prepare as necessary

eggplant


Eggplant: smooth distinct shape, purplish

Flavor profile: mild meaty, takes on the

flavor of the auxiliary elements, slightly

bitter

What to look for: firm, shiny, unbroken skin

Uses: baked, grilled, sauteed, sauce

Storage: under refrigeration

Preparation: skin can be eaten, if you don't

care to peel it, dice, slice as needed

green bell pepper


Green Bell Peppers: green bell shape

Flavor profile: mild flavor

What to look for: green stem, soft areas, cuts

in the flesh, black spots

Uses: salads, roasted, grilled, fried,

Storage: in plastic bags in refrigerator

Preparation: stand pepper on its end, cut

from top down along a side, go around

each side and do the same thing. Then

cut the sides as you need.

heirloom eggplant


Heirloom Eggplant: shiny distinct shape

Flavor profile: mild meaty, takes on the

flavor of the auxiliary elements, slightly

bitter

What to look for: firm, shiny, unbroken skin

Uses: baked, grilled, sauteed, sauce

Storage: refrigeration

Preparation: skin can be eaten, if you don't

care to peel it, dice, slice as needed

red bell pepper


Red Bell Peppers: red bell shape

Flavor profile: sweet

What to look for: green stem, soft areas, cuts

in the flesh, black spots

Uses: salads, roasted, grilled, fried,

Storage: in plastic bags in refrigerator

Preparation: stand pepper on its end, cut

from top down along a side, go around

each side and do the same thing. Then

cut the sides as you need.

roma tomato


Roma Tomato: egg shape, red

Flavor profile: red, ball shaped

What to look for: firm,rich color, noticable

aroma

Uses: grilled, roasted, salad, sauce

Storage: room temperature

Preparation: wash, prepare as necessary

tomatilla


Tomatillas: green tomato, inside papery skin

Flavor profile: tart

What to look for: unblemished, fill their skin

Uses: sauces, salsa

Storage: store in paper in refrigerator

Preparation: remove husk, wash, prepare as

needed

vine ripened tomato


Vine Ripened Tomato: red, ball shaped

Flavor profile: acid sweet fruity

What to look for: firm,rich color, noticable

aroma

Uses: bake, broil, stewgrilled, roasted, salad,

sauce

Storage: room temperature

Preparation: wash, prepare as needed

white eggplant


White Eggplant: shiny distinct shape

Flavor profile: mild meaty, takes on the

flavor of the auxiliary elements, slightly

bitter

What to look for: firm, shiny, unbroken skin

Uses: baked, grilled, sauteed, sauce

Storage: under refrigeration

Preparation: skin can be eaten, if you don't

care to peel it, dice, slice as needed