For most of us, May signals the start to BBQ season! So, let’s look at some popular May plate items:

M – Mangoes. Current USDA Market news show mangoes crossing from Mexico through Texas and Arizona, with trading in both areas being fairly active for ataulfo and tommy atkins varieties. Imports are also coming from Guatemala and the Caribbean, although in smaller volumes with trading being moderate. Mangoes are high in vitamin C, which is an immune boosting antioxidant that is also a known cancer fighter. Mangoes also happen to be a great source of vitamin A, which contributes to healthy skin and eyes. One challenge for many consumers is how to easily cut a mango. Check out the video below to find out how!:

A – Avocados. Current USDA Market news indicates both Mexico and California are actively shipping avocados, with Mexico product crossing at Texas, and California being in their peak volume. Avocados are very versatile, and can be used in salads, salsas, appetizers, veggie side dishes, and even desserts! Versatile, and very nutritious; one of their interesting benefits: research has found carotenoids in avocados, with the highest concentrations in the dark green flesh closest to the skins. Carotenoids are phytonutrients that can help prevent some chronic diseases. Perhaps the saying should be, “an avocado a day keeps the doctor away!”

Y – Yellow Corn. A true BBQ favorite. Currently USDA Market News shows corn peaking in Central and South Florida, as well as the Imperial and Coachella Valley’s in California, with harvest in the Palo Verde Valley in California expected to begin in the next few weeks. Try removing just the silks and cooking the corn right in the husk for your next BBQ! The compounds found in corn have been shown to help prevent cardiovascular disease. More reason to head out and fire up the grill!

Let’s hope the nice weather continues, and remember, whatever produce you are shipping, the setting is also CONTINUOUS!!!!!!

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