Asparagus will be least expensive when it is in season (from April to June).
Choose odorless asparagus stalks with dry tips that are deep green or purple in color. Look at the bottom portion of the stems where the asparagus has been harvested. If the asparagus has been in the store for a while, the cut stem ends will be dry. Avoid limp, wrinkled or wilted stalks.
Cherimoya season in California extends from late February until June.
Nicknamed the “custard apple,” the texture of this white fleshed fruit — best eaten with a spoon — is somewhere between an Asian Pear and a bowl of pudding. The flavor is similar to mango, apple, and banana, but distinctly different.
Mark Twain once described cherimoya as “deliciousness itself.”
It’s time to talk turkey. There are many questions surrounding the age-old tradition of cooking turkey, such as whether to buy fresh or frozen, and how to safely thaw a turkey.
If you buy a fresh turkey, check the date on the package and purchase only if the date has not passed. If the date is a “sell by” date, that is the last day the turkey can be sold. It is best to prepare the turkey by that date also. If it is a “use by” date, cook it by that date.
Catnip Best known as a stimulant for cats, catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a perennial herb in the mint family (Labiatae) native to Europe. The plant can grow up to three feet tall with white purple spotted flowers on the ends of its branches. Cats, both domestic and wild, are attracted to catnip due to a mildly hallucinogenic chemical compound known as nepetalactone present in plant tissues. While it has no affect humans, the chemical affects cats to varying degrees, with some having an aggressive reaction.
Chemists explain why catnip make most cats go crazy, and why kitty litter clumps.