ITEM OF THE WEEK: Acorn Squash

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Acorn Squash

Be honest, how often do you walk past the squash section of your local grocery store and assume all those winter gourds are just decorative? When it comes to winter squash, pumpkins are undoubtedly the most popular, with butternut squash and spaghetti squash coming in at close second place. But have you ever given acorn squash a chance?

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Butternut Squash

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Butternut Squash

With a sweet nutty taste not too different from that of a pumpkin, this late-season squash is actually a native plant of New England, Massachusetts to be precise. The squash is much more versatile than the related pumpkins, which tend to be more amenable to pies and other sweet dishes, and is often used as a meat substitute in savory meals, such as ravioli and curries. 

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Sun-tan Bell Peppers

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Sun-tan Bell Peppers

Bell peppers, also known as capsicums in many places formerly colonized by Britain, but not to be confused with sweet peppers - a less pungent variety of the capsicum annuum species. The name “pepper” is in fact a misnomer attributed to Christopher Columbus, who wrongfully labeled them as pepper when he brought the capsicum seeds to Europe from their native Central American environment.