Nutrition

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  • Melon – It’s like Botox au naturel and more!

    A fresh slice of melon is practically synonymous with summer. Melons have been a staple in

    America since the beginning of backyard BBQs. Not only are they vibrant and delicious, they’re healthful. Just one cup (and less than 50 calories) of cantaloupe or watermelon covers 100 percent of the daily-recommended value of vitamins.melons

     Cantaloupe originated in India and Africa nearly 5,000 years ago. The melon is a heat-loving fruit with a long growing season. Today, the North American cantaloupe that is actually a different variation of the original—also known as a muskmelon—grows perfectly in our southern California temperate.

     Watermelon shares the same birthplace as cantaloupe but surpasses it as the most consumed melon in the U.S. It’s comprised almost entirely of water—about 92%—so it’s a great bodily cleanse with a sweet twist. Only five states, including California, are the leading producers of watermelon in the U.S. We’re growing some of the most tasteful melons right in our own backyard.

     Not only is melon delectable, it has incredible beauty-boosting benefits. Both fruits’ flesh is filled with Vitamin A that cleans out pores and promotes clear skin. It’s also been said to prevent wrinkles by improving the skin’s elasticity. It’s like Botox au naturel.

     So as the summer comes to an end, stay refreshed with The Original Manassero Farms watermelon and cantaloupe. Looking for a way to make the most of your cantaloupe? Try our recipe of the month, Watermelon Plata Tequila Cocktail. 

    Tanza Loudenback 8/20/14

  • Strawberry “Innamorata”

    Here at The Original Manassero Farms, we believe in the power of strawberries. We believe in their nutrients, their flavor and, really, their utter beauty.Strawberry Heart

    As a longtime strawberry “innamorata” (lover), I’ve come to learn that not all strawberries are created equal—far from it, actually.

    Early last spring, while at home on break from my East Coast college, I tried The Original Manassero Farms’ strawberries for the first time. The juiciness and sweetness of these gigantic, deep red strawberries stand unrivaled. I became so addicted to their freshness, I even considered going on an all-strawberry diet during the near nine-month harvest of these unearthly delights. One taste of berry heaven and I’ll never purchase sour grocery store strawberries again.

    I wasn’t always certain strawberries were good for my health. I figured if something tasted so delicious and sweet, there’s no way it could be benefiting me. But, after some excited research, I’m happy to admit I was wrong. (more…)

  • What is Certified Organic?

    Q. What does Certified Organic mean?

    A. Certified Organic produce MUST meet the following requirements:

    In terms of agriculture and the growing of food, organic is a term that specifies the types of amendments that can be applied to an agricultural field. Amendments are substances that farmers put into their fields to grow things. The following is a basic list of all the amendments used in agriculture:

    •  Seeds
    • Transplants (seeds grown in a greenhouse then transplanted into fields)
    •  Water
    • Fertilizers
    • Herbicides (items used to control weeds)
    • Pesticides (items used to control bugs and pests)
    • Fungicides (items used to control fungi)

    Organic LabelsThe basic definition of an organic amendment is that it can be found naturally in the environment. Items that are naturally found in the environment and are chemically altered from their original form are not considered organic. Sulfur is a good example, it is an item that is naturally mined and is permitted for use as a fungicide in organic agriculture. However if sulfur is burned (chemically altering it), the result is sulfuric acid, which is not permitted in organic agriculture – but it is used in conventional agriculture to change the pH of irrigation water.

     The Process of Certification

     In order for a crop to be certified organic it must be grown on a piece of land that has not had any non-organic materials applied to it for the past three years. Land that has started the process of becoming certified organic (has started only using organic materials) is considered to be transitional or in transition. The crops that are produced on it during this period of time are not certified organic. These crops will not be certified organic until three years have passed since the date of the last prohibited material was applied to the field.

     The USDA has created a set of standard that are referred to as the National Organic Program or N.O.P. This is the set of standards that define USDA Organic, making a national standard for organic. A board of appointed officials decides these standards. The USDA does not do the annual inspections; third party inspectors do these.

     Once per year every certified organic farm receives an inspection. A third party certifier who has been accredited by the USDA completes these inspections. The third party certifier comes to the farm annually and drives around to look at every field. The majority of the inspection is spent in the office where farmers provide documentation of all the amendments that were purchased and used on the farm. These inspectors are working to insure that the farms are following all the rules required by the National Organic Program.

     

  • What is GMO?

    GMO’s in General

    Genetic Modification – What does it mean?

    corn fieldsThis relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

     

    Plants that have been altered this way are called GMO’s – genetically modified organisms, or GE, genetically engineered.

    Today, companies have created new GMO crops that are resistant to pesticides and/or that produce an insecticide. Farmers can spray their crops with weed-killer without killing the crops themselves.

    The most common GMO crops are: corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, papaya, zucchini, and yellow “summer crookneck” squash.

    Most GMO crops in the U.S. are grown to be used as fuel, animal feed, or to make ingredients for processed foods.

    The Original Manassero Farms NEVER uses any GMO seeds or plants.

    Farmers who are Certified Organic are not allowed to use genetically engineered seeds or plants.