Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Canned Fruits and Vegetables

The winter's dearth of fresh produce can leave one reaching for a can of fruit. But remember that canned produce might have come from far away too. Pirog says canned pineapple is often from Thailand and Costa Rica; peaches might come from Spain; canned mandarin oranges are from China, and asparagus is likely from Peru. He adds that the canning of produce follows the harvest season of whatever country is producing it, but since you won't find a harvest date, those peaches may have been harvested three months ago or two years ago. The "best used by" date might provide a clue -- the further in the future the best-by date, the more recently it was likely harvested.

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