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A new grape variety from Chile will be available in North America starting in early February. Sable seedless black grapes offer a unique blend of muscat and tropical flavors, according to Karen Brux, managing director for the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. 

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With more Vitamin C than an orange and more potassium than a banana, Trucco’s KiwiStar brand kiwifruit gets a glowing review from Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, in this Farm Star Favorites video.

sunkist The Minneola tangelos, which is the largest piece of fruit in the mandarin family, is currently entering its prime marketing season.

Typically available from mid-December through April, the Minneola has a beautiful, bright deep orange color and can usually be identified by the knob-like formation at its stem. It is an exceptionally juicy piece of fruit with a bold, tangy flavor.

“Bold flavors are on trend right now among consumers, and the unique tangy flavor of tangelos is ripe for discovery this citrus season,” said Joan Wickham, manager of advertising and public relations for Sunkist Growers, Valencia, CA. “A cross between a grapefruit and tangerine, Minneolas offer a distinct tart-sweet flavor and have extremely high juice content – making them fantastic for juicing and cocktails.”

She added that easy-to-peel, Minneolas are also a fantastic healthy snack during the winter months. The Minneola tangelo is a variety that has been around for some time, but Wickham said many consumers are just now discovering this unique piece of fruit and how it differs from other small, easy-peel fruit. The easy-peel category is quickly becoming one of the most popular citrus destinations in the supermarket as the consumer demand for convenience increases.

More information is available on the Sunkist website and on the website devoted to its Lil Snappers brand.

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Taylor Farms brought the original chopped salad kits to market in 2012. Since then the company has expanded its offerings in the category, including Organic Chopped Salad Kits. This Farm Star Living video features the Taylor Farms Farmhouse Bacon Chopped Salad kit, adding rotisserie chicken for a quick and easy meal.

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Available from Sunkist from October through April, pummelos are currently in the peak of their season. Sometime referred to as a Chinese grapefruit, they are botanically known as Citrus Grandis, the largest of all citrus.

Big on flavor and nutrition, one-fourth of a pummelo has just 60 calories and provides 120 percent of the Vitamin C recommended for the day. Pummelos are also sodium-, fat- and cholesterol-free and a great source of potassium and fiber.

“Pummelos are now in peak season and tasting delicious, making it the perfect time to promote this unique variety ahead of the winter holidays,” said Joan Wickham, director of communications for Sunkist Growers in Valencia, CA. “The largest of citrus fruit, pummelos are a traditional gift during the Lunar New Year, which falls on January 28 this upcoming year.”

They are considered to bring prosperity and good fortune, and have been a treasured food in Asia and other regions for many years. Wickham said they are generally round-to-pear in shape.  “The delectable citrus fruit is said to be the ancestor of the grapefruit but with a sweeter and less acidic taste and a delicate flesh that ranges from white to deep pink in color,” she added.

Their thick, dark green peel fades to yellow as the season progresses. “With a thick peel, sometimes this fruit can intimidate consumers because of its size,” Wickham said, noting that Sunkist offers educational point-of-sale materials to “demystify” the pummelo and demonstrate how easy it is “to enjoy this delicious seasonal citrus variety.”