Watermelon Radish & Orange Salad

Watermelon Radish and Orange Salad

Original recipe by Carley Baulick, MS, RD, ShopRite of Monroe

Ingredients

1 small shallot or half of a small red onion, finely minced
2 tablespoons white wine or champagne vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 medium watermelon radishes, peeled and sliced thinly
2 oranges
1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 tablespoon minced chives
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cups arugula

Steps

Place shallot in small bowl, cover with vinegar and salt, then set aside.

Put arugula on large serving platter or bowl and arrange radish slices on top. Using a knife, remove skin from oranges. Cut between membranes to remove each slice and squeeze remaining membrane over radishes to extract juice. Scatter orange segments over salad. Sprinkle with walnuts and goat cheese.

Whisk olive oil into shallot vinegar mixture and pour vinaigrette over salad. Sprinkle with chives for garnish and serve.

Warm and Cozy with Mulling Spices

Ahh. The warm scent of cloves, allspice and cinnamon. Cooking with these spices fills up a room with a lovely, comforting aroma that always reminds me of the holidays. There’s no better time to brew up some hot mulled cider!

To make mulled cider or mulled wine, you can use any blend of spices you like, but typically, mulling spices include cloves, allspice, cinnamon and orange peel. Frieda’s mulling spices made it easy for you and pack all of the spices into a 3-ounce bag, ready to go.

Frieda's Specialty Produce - Mulled Cider

The ratio of spice to juice is about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of spice to a half-gallon of juice. I didn’t have cheesecloth handy to make a spice sachet, so I just put the loose spices right into the pot with the juice.

Frieda's Specialty Produce - Mulled Cider

I heated the cider in my slow cooker for 2 hours on low. The house smelled fabulous!

Frieda's Specialty Produce - Mulled Cider

I just strained the juice to serve. I also strained the remaining cider and refrigerated it for later enjoyment.

Frieda's Specialty Produce - Mulled Cider

Frieda's Specialty Produce - Mulled Cider

Yum! If I had cinnamon sticks handy, they would have been perfect in these glasses with a wedge of orange or lemon. The perfect warming winter drink! (If you are feeling more naughty than nice, you can always add a splash of brandy to your mulled cider for a little extra warmth…)

Frieda's Specialty Produce - Mulled Cider

Cheers!

– Hazel

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Frieda’s says ‘G’day’ to Australian Mangoes

Two popular mango varieties from Down Under are now available from Frieda’s Specialty Produce

Frieda's Specialty Produce - Australian Mangoes

LOS ALAMITOS, CA (December 2016) — Kensington Pride and R2E2 Australian mango varieties are available now from Frieda’s Specialty Produce in good supply.

These popular Australian varieties are sweeter, juicier, and more aromatic than most mangoes American shoppers are used to. The texture is silky with no stringiness, and they also have a great shelf life with beautiful blush on the skin. The Kensington Pride mango is medium size and oval in shape with a beautiful pink-red blush. The R2E2 is more round and a bit larger with a gorgeous, deep orange blush, and a high flesh-to-seed ratio.

“Shoppers are looking for enjoyable food experiences and many will pay extra for high-flavor produce,” said Alex Jackson, senior account manager at Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “These mango varieties meet the requirements: beautiful color, great flavor and texture. Shoppers will be looking for them.”

The Australian mango growers are excited to increase the volume of their imports to the U.S. this season, so Americans can experience the silky, sweet flavor the Aussies have been raving about.

“There are only a few importers of Australian mangoes and the demand for these varieties is high. It is best to pre-book now for the first of the year,” added Jackson.

Frieda’s will have volume of Australian mango varieties for ads starting January 2, 2017, through the end of March. Call your Frieda’s account manager today, mate.

About Frieda’s Inc.

Frieda’s Specialty Produce celebrates a 54-year legacy of inspiring new food experiences for friends, family, and food lovers everywhere. Credited with introducing more than 200 specialty fruits and vegetables to U.S. supermarkets, Frieda’s has helped launch unique items like kiwi fruits, Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes, habanero peppers, Sunchokes®, and organic finger limes. Founded in 1962 by produce industry icon Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, subject of the 2015 documentary “Fear No Fruit,” the family company is now owned and operated by Frieda’s daughters, Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, in Orange County, California. Find Frieda’s on Facebook, @FriedasProduce, and Friedas.com. Inspire. Taste. Love.

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Capitalize on Chinese New Year Promotions Now…and Later

Asian holiday promotions help build relationships with growing population of Asian-American shoppers

Frieda's Specialty Produce - Year of the Rooster

LOS ALAMITOS, CA (December 2016) — Retailers should take advantage of Chinese New Year promotions not only to offset winter sales slump, but also to build relationships with Asian-American shoppers, the fastest-growing population segment in the U.S.

Chinese New Year (also known as “Lunar New Year” or “Spring Festival”) is one of the biggest food holidays of the year. In 2017 it will begin on January 28. The holiday is celebrated in communities worldwide and goes on for 15 days. Fresh produce, meat, and seafood are the focus of holiday feasts.

“Asian-Americans are the fastest growing population with significant buying power and Asians of Chinese ancestry represent about 20 percent of the group,” said Karen Caplan, President and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “A Chinese New Year promotion is the opportunity for retailers to serve the Asian-American community, so retailers must have these traditional ingredients in store to attract Asian-American shoppers. Working with seafood, meat, and floral departments on Chinese New Year promotions will further boost sales.”

A recent study by Nielsen reports that, currently at 20.5 million strong, the Asian-American population is expected to grow to 25.7 million by 2019. The study also reveals that Asian-Americans purchased 72 percent more fresh vegetables and 29 percent more fresh fruit per household than did the total U.S. population.

“When we first introduced the concept of promoting Chinese New Year in product departments back in the 1970s, we saw it as an opportunity to introduce Asian fruits and vegetables to non-Asian shoppers. Now, promoting Chinese New Year will draw in Asian shoppers,” added Caplan.

Some of the Chinese New Year top sellers include traditional fresh vegetables such as ginger, daikon radishes, bok choy, gailan, Shanghai bok choy, Napa cabbages, snow peas, and sugar snap peas. For fruits, retailers should have a good supply of kumquat, mandarins, pummelo, Oroblanco, Buddha’s Hand citron, and persimmons on hand, to name a few.

For over 43 years, Frieda’s has inspired retailers on their Chinese New Year display programs. Call a Frieda’s account manager to start planning today.

About Frieda’s Inc.

Frieda’s Specialty Produce celebrates a 54-year legacy of inspiring new food experiences for friends, family, and food lovers everywhere. Credited with introducing more than 200 specialty fruits and vegetables to U.S. supermarkets, Frieda’s has helped launch unique items like kiwi fruits, Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes, habanero peppers, Sunchokes®, and organic finger limes. Founded in 1962 by produce industry icon Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, subject of the 2015 documentary “Fear No Fruit,” the family company is now owned and operated by Frieda’s daughters, Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, in Orange County, California. Find Frieda’s on Facebook, @FriedasProduce, and Friedas.com. Inspire. Taste. Love.