pro­duce selection


  • Selec­tion, usage and stor­age of arugula.
  • Once a har­bin­ger of spring, aspara­gus is now avail­able nearly year round with imported prod­uct from Peru and Mex­ico.

    Even so, when fields in Cal­i­for­nia begin to sprout up ten­der tips, by early April, it’s indica­tive of a sea­sonal shift in local eat­ing habits.

    An ele­gant veg­etable with long, ten­der shoots that are gen­er­ally cat­e­go­rized as white, pur­ple and green vari­eties, all belong­ing to a plant in the lily fam­ily.

    The shoots of the green and white vari­eties are usu­ally hand-​harvested when the stalks reach a height of around eight inches and are one quar­ter to half inch thick. The com­pact, tightly packed leaves (resem­bling scales) at the top of the stalk are prized for their soft, to crunchy tex­ture and mild, provoca­tive fla­vor.

    Green aspara­gus is tra­di­tion­ally the most com­mon vari­ety grown in the United States. Pur­ple or white aspara­gus is usu­ally avail­able on a lim­ited basis in spe­cialty and farm­ers markets.

  • Dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing basil in appear­ance, fla­vor and usage.


  • David John dis­cusses avail­abil­ity, prepa­ra­tion, usage, fla­vor and his favorite way to eat Black Radishes.

  • Dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing apples in appear­ance and flavor.


  • David John shares how to choose and store apri­cots for best flavor.



  • David John dif­fer­en­ti­ates this ver­sa­tile apple regard­ing taste, uses and advan­tages. You’ll want to try it!



  • David John shares what to look for when shop­ping for the per­fect cantaloupe.



  • What’s new in Cal­i­for­nia grapes.


  • Cock­tail Avo­ca­dos: What they are, when and how to use them.

  • Selec­tion tips, dif­fer­ences and fla­vor pro­files of var­i­ous eggplants.


  • David John III dif­fer­en­ti­ates figs: Brown Turkey, Kadota, Tiger Striped.



  • Happy Potato Lover’s Month! Learn all about fin­ger­ling pota­toes.
  • Learn all about fresh apri­cots; in sea­son now!


  • How to select corn; baby corn; intro­duc­ing new Sun­shine Raspberries.


  • David John dis­cusses sea­sonal items; mar­ket con­di­tion of figs; how to pre­pare fresh gar­banzo beans for a sum­mer treat.



  • Turmeric: what it is, health ben­e­fits, prepa­ra­tion, usage.

  • How to select, pre­pare, cook and store arti­chokes.
  • What are Gold Nugget tan­ger­ines and how do they dif­fer from other tangerines?

  • David John III explains how to choose, ripen, use and enjoy this sea­sonal treat!