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NEWS
March 13, 1988 | By Mark Jenkins, Special to The Inquirer
It is no secret that the Chinese take their food very seriously, and Singapore's Chinese are no exception. At the head of the list is the durian, a mere fruit. Its consumption is linked to phenomena as far-ranging as sexual potency, premature death and ethnic disturbances. The folklore and legends surrounding the durian are so many and varied as to cause skeptical elevations of eyebrows elsewhere. Tread carefully when passing judgments in durian territory, however, for open ridicule faces anyone who questions the position that the durian occupies in the dietary calendar of Singapore's Chinese.
NEWS
March 19, 1989 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to cyanide-spiked grapes turning up in Philadelphia last week, Linda Bolanos' fourth graders now have a better sense of world geography than some of the contestants on Family Feud. Bolanos was feeling a little smug Wednesday night as she watched people on the television show try to come up with countries in South America. Such as: Saudi Arabia? The contestants should have asked Bolanos' class of 9- and 10-year-olds at the Erdenheim Elementary School in Springfield Township; they learned all about Chile on Tuesday.
FOOD
August 21, 1991 | By Marilynn Marter, Inquirer Food Writer
Reach for a ripe banana. Whip it up with yogurt, wheat germ and skim milk. Then sit back and sip that super-rich and filling diet drink while you consider all the ways to use luscious bananas for more than slicing over cereal. Bananas, after all, are the top-selling fruit in the country. And the 25 pounds of bananas per person consumed each year in the United States amounts to only a fraction of the 40-plus billion pounds consumed worldwide, much of it in countries where bananas are the staple starch.
FOOD
May 15, 1991 | By Andrew Schloss, Special to The Inquirer
We've been duped to assume that rhubarb is a fruit, simply because we bake it in pie and stew it into jam. But rhubarb is no more fruit than the stalks of chard and celery that it so closely resembles. Once again our gustatory prejudice has led us astray, for we will call any vegetable a fruit when we eat it sweet. Rhubarb is the stem of a plant belonging to the same family as sorrel, and like sorrel, rhubarb has been cursed and blessed with a sourness that can range from a faint spark on the palate, when the plant is young, to an unpleasant puckering when it gets larger.
FOOD
October 31, 1993 | By Kristi Fuller, FOR THE INQUIRER
Want to freeze those good produce buys? Here are some tips to help you end up with the best results. Wash produce in cold water before freezing it. If necessary, remove leaves, stems, skins or pits. Cut produce into even-sized pieces. Label containers with the contents and "use-by" date. (Use within 12 months.) Leave a 1/2- to 1-inch head space between produce and top of the bag or container. Remove as much air as possible from the bag (if using plastic freezer bags)
FOOD
December 4, 1991 | by Bonnie Tandy Leblang and Carolyn Wyman, Special to the Daily News
Melissa's Fresh Pack. $1.99 per box of fruits, nuts and/or cookies. Bonnie: Finally, here's some healthy competition for McDonald's Happy Meals. Melissa's has introduced a pack of fresh fruit and other goodies in a colorful kids' activity box. Each pack contains two to three pieces of fresh fruit: an apple, pear, banana, and/or an orange in the regular pack; pear, star fruit or kiwi in the gourmet or exotic pack. In addition, it usually also contains dried fruit such as raisins or a dried banana along with an almond or fortune cookie.
FOOD
September 28, 1988 | By Barbara Gibbons, Special to the Daily News
It's now or never, fresh fruit fans - time to put the flavor of summer on ice! Stock your freezer now, and you can enjoy the tantalizing taste of a tree-ripened peach in February. But first, there are practical considerations. With the drought and the price of fresh produce this season, freezing fruit can't be considered an economy move - unless you have access to a large harvest of free or cheap fruit, lots of freezer space and low electricity bills. If you want to bet on food price "futures" in your freezer, stocking up on lean meat is a better investment strategy.
FOOD
March 22, 1989 | By Sonja Heinze, Special to the Daily News
Q. I read an article on how to dry fruit. The process involved constructing wooden frames, using cheesecloth and drying the fruit outside for two to three weeks. I need something faster. Can fruit be dried in the oven? - Jen Haeseler Auburn, Pa. A. "Stocking Up" by Rodale Press gives the following information on how to dry fruit in the oven: The fruit to be dried should be perfect - unblemished, unbruised and fully ripe. One oven can take about six pounds of fruit. Fruit should be exposed top and bottom.
NEWS
March 16, 1989 | By Barbara Demick, Inquirer Staff Writer
To reassure shoppers who are nervous about Chilean produce because two grapes out of a shipload of fruit were tainted by cyanide, many retailers are posting signs on fruit indicating its country of origin. But how can you tell where fruit came from if it isn't labeled? There are no exact rules for tracing fruit. But fruit wholesaler Mark Levin of M. Levin & Co. Inc. of Philadelphia offers some guidelines. There is a 99 percent chance that at this time of year the grapes you see on supermarket shelves came from Chile, Levin says.
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FOOD
June 5, 2015
Fruit-forward pops When we were kids, Popsicles came in flavors like "red" and "purple. " Now, in many offerings there's actual fruit involved, not just food dyes. Among them is Fruttare, a line of fruit-based ice pops and fruit-and-milk bars. We liked the mango bars, a 60-calorie snack that tastes like mango - not "orange. " - S.M. Fruttare mango ice bars, $4.29 at Acme, ShopRite, and Target stores.   Preserve your greens Keep your farmers' market bounty fresh longer by storing it a container designed to trap ethylene, a gas released by ripening fruits and vegetables that accelerates spoiling.
NEWS
May 22, 2015
IT'S NOT that the "Forbidden Broadway" series has spent more than 30 years butchering musical theater's sacred cows. It's more like the venerable revue has tipped said revered bovines. "Forbidden Broadway" is a theater-world fixture, thanks to its playful skewering of musicals, both iconic and long-forgotten, using the music from various scores but with original lyrics written by Gerard Alessandrini , who created the concept in the early 1980s. While the songs poke gentle fun at their subjects - often the stars who sang the originals - there is little that is mean-spirited in the musical satires.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
At Specca Farms in Burlington County, Bill Hlubik stooped down in a large furrowed field, picked a plump red strawberry and took a bite. "That's the best berry I've had in my life, and I'm not just saying that," he said enthusiastically. "Wow, that is a good berry. " Hlubik, a professor and agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, ought to know. He helped develop and test the new "Rutgers Scarlet" strawberry, which is now being praised by farmers and consumers as particularly sweet, juicy, and flavorful - superior to strawberries shipped in from California, Florida, and Mexico.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
NEWARK, N.J. - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) foreshadowed the argument he hopes will save his career as he began his formal fight against corruption charges Thursday. Menendez and South Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend and major donor, each pleaded not guilty to charges that Melgen won the senator's support with lavish gifts described in vivid detail over a 68-page indictment. "Prosecutors get to write the indictment they want, after a secret, one-sided presentation in a grand jury," Menendez attorney Abbe Lowell said after the afternoon hearing.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
If, in Hilary Clinton's words, it takes a village to raise a child, then it should take, at the least, a small team to run a really interesting kids' theater company - one with such heady topics as hard-core poetry, bicycles as muses, and death dreams. Smart, innovative, challenging theater for a range of ages is what drives the four-member team behind Philadelphia-based PAPAYA (Pa. Performing Arts for Young Audiences), whose second season starts Friday at the Painted Bride with that aforementioned bike theme, Evalyn Parry's musical SPIN . PAPAYA's inaugural 2014 season was auspicious: shows at the Bride (Suzanna Hamnett's mischievous Nearly Lear , the acrobatic movement of 2X2: Dutch Dance Duets )
FOOD
August 22, 2014 | By Anna Herman, For The Inquirer
One of summer's greatest culinary pleasures is food cooked on a grill, with backyard flames enhancing flavors like nothing else. But fire and hot coals can transform so much more than just burgers and dogs. Almost all the produce bursting from local farms and gardens can be cooked outside - creating flavorful fare from appetizers through desserts. Grilled whole, sliced, layered or wrapped, almost every vegetable and many fruits can be converted into tasty fare on a barbecue grill.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Call it a sign of change: From now on, all Philadelphia construction and demolition sites must have large signs alerting the public to the work in progress and listing numbers to call to report a dangerous site. Mayor Nutter and Carlton Williams, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, held a news conference Thursday to announce enforcement of the sign rule passed by City Council last summer after the fatal Market Street building collapse. The requirement took effect Thursday, Nutter said.
NEWS
July 5, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having weathered the economic ups and downs of farming and, yes, the weather itself, members of the Linvill family are celebrating what they call their crowning success: surviving 100 years in a volatile business. These days, the family stead in the heart of Delaware County is as much county fair and education as it is produce, but from all indications it is a thriving enterprise. Growing from a 10-cow dairy farm dairy to a 300-acre fruit-and-vegetable complex on West Knowlton Road in Middletown Township, Linvilla Orchards has evolved into quite the popular venue.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
We're a little bit jealous of Philadelphia," says Matthew D'Arrigo , produce wholesaler and market officer at Hunts Point Terminal, the big New York distribution center that will move $2.5 billion worth of food this year. D'Arrigo is talking about his Philadelphia rivals' success at getting the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market built. That quarter-mile-long, multi-story, skylit, fully refrigerated fruit and vegetable warehouse and showcase just celebrated its third anniversary on Essington Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Simon Kaschock-Marenda needed a science project for his sixth-grade class at Masterman School and was intrigued by the fact that his parents had just cut back on sugar in their diet. Because his father, Drexel University biologist Daniel Marenda, worked with fruit flies, the boy thought it might be interesting to feed sugar and other sweeteners to some flies. Was it ever. Regular sugar was OK, but the flies that ate the sweetener Truvia were dead within a few days. Daniel Marenda was skeptical, so he helped his son redo the experiment.
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