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Produce Produce – Agricultural products, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, grown for the market. Fruit – The reproductive organ of a flowering plant. All species of flowering plants produce seeds (fruits) for reproduction. Vegetable – Any herbaceous plant that can be wholly or partially eaten; including the leaves, stems, roots, tubers, seeds, or flowers.
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Classification of Vegetables Gourd – cuke, winter/summer squash Seeds n Pods – beans, peas, corn, okra Roots n Tubers –carrot celery root, parsnip, radish, turnip, rutabaga, potato Sweet potato, Jerusalem artichoke Mushrooms –wild or cultivated
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Classification Cabbage family -- cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, burssels sprouts, kohlrabi Onion family – onion, scallion, leek, garlic, shallot Leafy greens -- spinach, beet greens, lettuces, endive, chicory, swiss chard, Stalks, stems, shoots – globe artichoke, asparagus, celery, fennel
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Market Forms Fresh - color, texture, fresh smell “hydroponics” Canned -- undamaged container, bulges mean the product is spoiled Frozen -- some ice is normal, large crystals indicate re-freezing Dried – mushrooms
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Classification of Fruits Citrus – grapefruit, oranges Berries – raspberry, blueberry Pitted – peaches, cherries, apricots Apples – many varieties Grapes – red, green, seeds, seedless Coconut
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Based on color, absence of defects, size, US Grade A or Fancy is best US Grade B (vegetables) Choice (fruits)
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