Fruit Vegetables - The Chef's Cooking School
avocado

Avocado: pear shaped, green with shades of brown

Flavor profile: rich and creamy

What to look for: firm, wrinkled

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: 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.

banana pepper
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,

Eggplant: smooth distinct shape, purplish

Flavor profile: mild meaty, takes on the flavor of the dominant

        flavor , slightly bitter

What to look for: firm, shiny, unbroken skin

Uses: baked, grilled, sauteed, sauce

Storage: under refrigeration

Preparation: skin can be eaten, dice, slice as needed

eggplant
heirloom eggplant
white eggplant
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.

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 into the desired cuts.

red bell pepper
roma tomato

Roma Tomato: egg shape, red

Flavor profile: red, ball shaped

What to look for: firm,rich color, noticeable aroma

Uses: grilled, roasted, salad, sauce

Storage: room temperature

Preparation: wash, prepare as necessary

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

tomatillas
vine ripened tomato

Vine Ripened Tomato: red, ball shaped

Flavor profile: acid sweet fruity

What to look for: firm,rich color, noticeable

aroma

Uses: bake, broil, stewed,grilled, roasted, salad, sauce

Storage: room temperature

Preparation: wash, prepare as needed

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