The Beet Blog

Mushrooms Gone Wild

  Mushrooms are typically lumped into the vegetable category, but they are actually a fungus. In general, mushrooms are either cultivated or wild. Cultivated mushrooms such as white button, crimini, and shiitake are grown indoors under controlled conditions. Wild mushrooms, such as Black Trumpet, Chanterelle, and Morel, grow outdoors in the wild. Leave the wild […] Read Post »

The Grass is Always Greener

Asparagus is a Eurasian member of the lily family and a long-lived perennial. There is evidence that it one of the first known culinary plants thanks to ancient Minoan and Egyptian depictions of cultivation.  In produce, it is referred to simply as “grass.” Cultivating asparagus is a significant time investment for growers, as new plants […] Read Post »

Lucky Citrus

With the Lunar New Year coming up on February 5th, stock up on “lucky” citrus. On the lunar calendar, this if the first day of the year. It is also arguably the most important day of the year—one that involves weeks of cleaning, preparation and of course celebration. Citrus fruit play a big role during […] Read Post »

The Wax Factor

Many organic fruits and vegetables, such as apples, produce their own natural wax. However, some produce requires additional wax to decrease dehydration and slow down decay as it makes its way to market. Wax provides a protective coating to seal in moisture and keep produce looking fresher for longer. The most commonly waxed items are […] Read Post »

New Year, New Merchandising

Holiday planning doesn’t stop at Thanksgiving. Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day all follow in short order. These holidays are busy shopping days as customers prepare for their holidays celebrations. New Year’s Eve is all about snacking and drinking. Fresh-cut items make it easier for customers to shop for ingredients as they consider […] Read Post »