By PAMELA REDWINE
Looking for some seasonal produce ideas and tips? Look no further!
— Acorn Squash: For a quick and tasty side, slice an acorn squash in half, wrap each half in plastic wrap, and microwave on high until the squash is tender and cooked through. Top with a drizzle of vinegar or fresh herbs.
— Cranberries: Combine cranberries with apples, raisins, brown sugar, apple juice, and dried onions for an incredible cran-apple relish. See recipe in this article.
— Pears: Did you know that pears ripen from the inside out, rather than the outside in? Choose firm, heavy pears and let them ripen at home for a day or two.
Recipe of the Week
Cranberry Apple Relish
12 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
2 large apples, diced
1/4 cup dried minced onion
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup apple juice
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook on low heat until the apples are tender, about 10 minutes. Serve hot or cold.
Make sure that the juice and frozen fruit don't contain any added sugar.
Pamela Redwine is a nutrition and food safety agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Article provided by Oktibbeha County Extension Service; for more information call 662-323-5916.