Cynthia Clifton | 7/11/2014 7:22:01 PM
Some of the freshest dark green and orange fruits and vegetables this summer include:
Apricots – make sure to choose plump and firm apricots with a golden orange skin. This fruit ripens at room temperature and can be stored in refrigerator.
Carrots – when choosing this vegetable, look for firm, orange smooth skin that is bright. Choose smaller carrots for a much sweeter taste. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Collard Greens – texture should be firm and crisp and have deep dark leaves. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 5 days in a plastic container.
Lima Beans – buy fresh from farmers market. Choose the lima bean that is dark green and in a shiny pod. Lima beans can be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week in a Ziploc bag in crisper drawer.
Mangoes – choose red, yellow and orange color that is firm and when pressured gives in a little. Stored at room temperature for at least 5 days and can ripen in a paper bag.
Okra – when choosing, make sure the okra is deep green and firm. Can be stored in refrigerator for at least 1 week.
Here’s a great summer recipe to try:
Baked Apple and Carrot Casserole
6 apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
2 cups cooked carrot slices
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
¾ cup orange juice
Place half the apples in greased 2-quart baking dish and cover with half the carrots. Mix brown sugar, flour, and salt to taste, and sprinkle half the mixture over carrots. Repeat layers and pour orange juice over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Nutritional Facts per serving:
Fat 0.6 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Sodium 82.3 mg
Carbohydrates 37.1 g
Total Sugars 26.7 g
Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
Protein 1.2 g
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture