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Festive fruit kabobs perfect for patriotic holidays

Some people can pull off elaborate cakes that look like perfect American flags. Those works of art are inspiring, but hardly practical. For the party host who wants to add patriotic flair to the table, without staying up too late the night before, here is a simple recipe solution. These fruit and pound cake kabobs make for a cute and tasty table-topper. Just wash some berries, cube your favorite white cake (vanilla cake, angel food cake, etc.) and skewer away! To make this even easier, I used a store-bought vanilla pound cake. You can also use blueberries and strawberries instead if you prefer. Happy summer holidays! American Flag fruit kabobs Makes 10 kabobs Ingredients Approx. 50 raspberries, washed and dried Approx. blackberries, washed and dried 10 long skewers 1 half loaf of poundcake or angel food cake, cut in 3/4″ cubes Directions Starting with a red raspberry, alternate red raspberries…

Is it safe to eat watermelon seeds?

It turns out that story Mom used to tell you about watermelon seeds sprouting fruit in your stomach was all just a myth. While we’ll assume you’ve realized this already, have you ever wondered if the seeds are actually safe to eat? Well, not only are the seeds safe to consume, but they contain a lot of nutrients that you definitely don’t want to waste (okay, maybe spitting a few at your sibling is fine — just for the sake of nostalgia). Here’s what you need to know about eating those little black seeds dotting the fleshy part of this delicious summer fruit. NEWLY-SEEDED INTEREST “We’re seeing a increase in the popularity of watermelon seeds on their own, which is interesting because 90 percent of the watermelons nowadays are seedless,” said Stephanie Barlow, Senior Director of Communications for The National Watermelon Promotion Board. “But if you can get your hands on a juicy, seeded watermelon,…

15 frozen lemonade recipes to kick back with

On a hot summer day, it’s hard to pass up on an ice cold, frozen lemonade slushy. You can make this delightfully refreshing drink a ton of different ways. Add strawberries, booze, toasted coconut — or even serve it as a pie! You’ll need a blender, some ice and a few lemons, and you’ll be on your way to being everyone’s new best friend at your party. Here are 15 recipes you’ll want to whip up summer long. Pink watermelon lemonade slushy Get the recipe. So many refreshing flavors in one slushy. Watermelon, lemon, mint — bring on the heat! Frozen Coconut Lemonade Get the recipe. Coconut screams summer. Make this frosty mix in your blender and enjoy this creamy frozen lemonade treat. Frozen Mango Lemonade Get the recipe.  Try mixing fruit pairings for awesome, original blends like this mango lemonade recipe. Frozen Lemonade Pie Get the recipe.  It might not…

Women who eat fast food, not enough fruit increase chances of infertility

Women who eat less fruit are harming their chances of getting pregnant, a new study has found. Australian researchers reported that women who ate fewer than three pieces of fruit per month were more likely to experience infertility in the upcoming year. The study, published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Human Reproduction, examined the diets of more than 5,500 women in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Ireland. The collected data revealed that women who ate fewer than three pieces of fruit in a month took 50 percent longer to conceive than the women who ate more than three pieces of fruit in their diet each month. The study also looked at junk food consumption. Women who rarely ate fast food got pregnant on average a month faster than women who ate fast food at least four times a week. “We recommend that women who want to become pregnant should align their dietary intakes toward…

This is why you’ve never eaten a fresh olive

Olives are fruits that grow on trees, but have you ever wondered why you’ve never seen a fresh olive in the produce section of your grocery store? And did you know that those black olives sitting atop your pizza slice probably started in groves as green olives? As part of the series Reactions, The American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios produced a video that touches on the history of eating olives — it’s actually pretty recent — as well as the three chemical processes that make olives lose the terrible tasting compound, oleurpein, that prevents us from eating them fresh. Check this out to learn more about the three chemical methods producers can use on the fruit of the Olea Europaea to bring us the salty little snacks we know and love.  Why can’t you buy fresh olives? https://youtu.be/oStoeHntfG8 Also see, VIDEO: How to build the perfect charcuterie tray. Get groceries delivered from everybodycravespantry.com, where shipping is always free.…

Strawberries top list of produce with most pesticides, avocados have the least

If you pass on the organic produce in order to save a few bucks, perhaps you should at least consider the organic strawberries, new research suggests. For the third year in a row, strawberries rank the worst on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of fruits and vegetables. The annual list looks at which of our grocery store produce is harboring the highest number of harmful pesticide residues. This year, more than 98 percent of samples of fruits like strawberries, peaches, cherries and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue on the skin. About a third of all strawberry samples had at least 10 pesticides present, the study reported. One sample had an “astounding” 22 pesticide residues. Behind strawberries on the Dirty Dozen list landed spinach. About 97 percent of spinach samples showed pesticide residues were present. Nectarines, apples and grapes rounded out the top five. The report is based…

Pink, raspberry crepes perfect for Valentine’s Day, every day

Guys, listen up. If you’re going to serve breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day, it should definitely be these pink, raspberry crepes. They’re sweet and delicious, and definitely photogenic — think: mad props for your efforts posted on her Instagram account. With just a few ingredients on the list, they’re way less difficult to pull off than they appear. Plus, you can fill with any of her favorite fruits, or drizzle with warm chocolate sauce to really heat up the holiday of love. *It helps to have a crepe maker, but any non-stick pan or griddle will work.  Simple Raspberry crepes Crepe Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 tbsp. sugar 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 cups milk 4 eggs 3 tbsp. melted butter 5-6 drops red food coloring, (Add more if you like a darker pink or red crepe) 1-2 cups fresh raspberries, rinsed Whipped Creme Ingredients 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 2-3…

Bananas with edible peels now exist thanks to Japanese scientists

Science has gone bananas! According to the New York Post, a Japanese agricultural research company has developed a banana with a surrounding skin that’s entirely edible. The new banana, called the Mongee (pronounced mon-gay) is produced using extreme freezing and thawing that causes the fruit to grow rapidly, leaving the skin thin, like lettuce, instead of the thick, rubbery casing we are used to. In order to grow the freaky fruit, first the trees must be planted and grown in an environment with the temperature controlled at negative 76 degrees Fahrenheit. At just the right moment, the plants are left to thaw and replanted. The rapid change in temperature causes the plant to grow quickly — stunting the fruit’s ability to develop it’s trademark thick peel. Instead, the fruit has a thin “lettuce”-like texture, explained D&T Farm’s spokesman Tetsuya Tanaka. Regular bananas require temperatures of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The idea for Mongees, Tanaka said, began as…

Drink cherry juice before bed for a better sleep, study shows

You can get a better night of sleep by taking a swig of cherry juice, than from that nightcap of fermented grapes. It turns out that Montmorency cherry juice contains high levels of melatonin, a natural hormone responsible for regulating our internal body clock. People with sleep issues commonly take this hormone in pill form, but experts say that the tart cherry juice works just as well. One study examined the effects the special cherry juice had on insomniacs. Eight participants were told to drink two glasses of Montmorency cherry juice per day — one in the morning and one right before bed. Compared to the placebo, the cherry juice group ended up averaging an extra 1 hour and 24 minutes of quality sleep time per night. So what is so special about Montmorency cherries? For starters, these little red wonders contain 40 percent of your daily recommended vitamin A (cell regeneration and vision).…

This is the reason why pineapple leaves your mouth sore

Fresh, juicy pineapple can’t be beat. I could eat it all day, every day, but unfortunately, every time I try, I end up with a sore tongue and mouth — a stinging feeling. I decided to investigate why such a delicious food has such a terrible side effect. Most people think that it’s the acid from the fruit tearing up their mouth or that it’s the sign of an allergic reaction, but both of these explanations for the discomfort are probably incorrect. The irritation happens because pineapples contain bromelain, and enzyme that digests protein. The enzyme essentially attacks your tongue, cheeks and lips until it is swallowed. After that, your saliva and stomach acids both overtake the enzyme and denature it. When concentrated, bromelain is commonly used as a natural meat tenderizer, which explains a lot. Basically, your mouth = meat, and the pineapple is tenderizing (eating away at) your soft skin. This all sounds kind of scary,…