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Pawpaws: Starting to remember America’s forgotten fruit

The other night, under cover of dark, I finally got my pawpaw delivery. A merchant at my local farmers market in Washington, D.C., brought me a box of pawpaws he got in Pennsylvania. “The problem with these paw paws,” he said, “is that the trees belong to the sister of the guy I get them …

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America’s land-water-food history at Smithsonian’s Food in the Garden series

Two centuries of connections between land, water and food in the U.S. will be explored on Thursday nights in September at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Gardens. Food in the Garden offers panel discussions, demonstrations, and food and drink in the museum’s Victory Garden. The museum is located at 14th Street …

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Ratatouille translates as summer in any language

In the 1960s, when French cuisine started to hit the American market, we expanded our palates to accept many new foods. First there were quiche, brie and baguette. No problem. Then onion soup, coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon. So, why don’t we eat ratatouille, one of the most basic and delicious of French dishes? I …

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Mulberries can be a blessing as well as a curse

I have long thought of mulberries as the cockroaches of the berry world — prolific, ubiquitous and universally despised. As a fruit, they lack the intense, complex flavor of blackberries or the soft delicate appeal of raspberries. As an ingredient, they have always seemed more trouble than they’re worth, with an intrusive stem that runs …

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Grandfather’s Italian pepper seeds take root in America

When my grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1912, he carried only a few lira, but his pockets were stuffed with seeds for the vegetables that generations of his family had cultivated on their farm in central Italy’s Abruzzo region. Italian tradition prevented him, a younger son, from inheriting the family land that he …

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Soulard Farmers Market is a St. Louis rite of spring

While I was growing up in St. Louis in the 1960s, my mother established a weekly market routine. Every Saturday morning, we headed to Soulard Farmers Market to buy the weekʼs fruit and vegetable supply from local farmers. (Mom always adamantly avoided the “commission house” sellers. We ate local food even back then.) Fresh produce …

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Mr. Pig (Cochon 555) comes to Washington

The country’s biggest pig fest is making the rounds again, leaving satisfied customers (stuffed pigs?) in its wake. Cochon 555 stopped at Union Market in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of revelers ate, drank and wore pig noses. The event started six years ago to bring attention to heritage pig breeds. Each of five chefs is …

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For some cranberry growers, a not-so-rosy Thanksgiving

As cranberries arrive at the holiday table, glowing like garnets, give thanks to the hands that sauced them – and those that cultivated them, too. Growers could use a hand themselves: An overabundance of berries is putting independent ones deeply in the red. Encouraged to expand their operations several years ago in anticipation of broader …

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Cranberry, a native fruit, makes a splash

Cranberries are among the three fruits exclusively indigenous to America, along with blueberries and some grape varieties. Native people used cranberries for food, medicine and coloring. “Long before the Pilgrims arrived, the Massachuset Indians combined crushed cranberries with dried deer meat and melted fat to make pemmican,” Hilde Gabriel Lee wrote in “Taste of the …

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Slide Show: Long Island’s laid-back North Fork

If you’re looking for a destination that promises glamor and celebrity sightings, head to the Hamptons on Long Island (N.Y.)’s East End. If you prefer a slower-paced place dotted with farms and wineries and surrounded by gorgeous waters, then head for the quieter, more laid-back alternative — Long Island’s North Fork. Bound by Long Island …

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