Produce

Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers.

Key Facts Bell peppers (Capsicum annuum), also known as sweet peppers, are popular culinary items but, unlike other pepper varieties, have a low heat rating. Peppers add a distinctive taste and range of color to a wide variety of recipes from numerous cultures. The United States produces an impressive amount Read more

Collard Greens

Collards greens growing in a field

Key Facts Collard greens are members of the Brassica family, which includes mustards, turnips, and cabbage. They are also in the leafy greens category, along with lettuce, swiss chard, and spinach. Typically smooth in texture, these greens have broad, dark green leaves with light colored veins and stems. They are one Read more

Cucumbers

Key Facts The top three countries that imported cucumbers to the United States in 2013 were Mexico (1,144,458,000 Ibs), Canada (215,028,000 lbs), and Honduras (65,244,000 lbs).  In 2012, the top cucumber-producing states, as reported by the United States Department of Agriculture, were Georgia and Florida, with 283.5 and 280.8 million pounds, respectively. There are three Read more

Iceberg Lettuce

Key Facts Iceberg lettuce, also known as crisphead, has long been a popular type of lettuce sold in the United States. It is characterized by a tight head of crisp, light green leaves. A crispy texture and neutral taste has made iceberg lettuce a popular addition to salad mixes, Read more

Kale

Key Facts Kale is a member of the Brassica family, which includes mustards, turnips, and cabbage. It is considered a leafy green, along with lettuce, swiss chard, and spinach. Kale is related to primitive cabbage dating back thousands of years to the Mediterranean and Asia Minor regions; Read more

Mushrooms

Mushrooms provide selenium and vitamins B and D. Of 300 edible species, 30 have been domesticated, and 10 are grown commercially. Wild harvest is the largest source of commercially important species, despite advances in domestication. Food safety issues with edible mushrooms are mostly due to improper food preservation and handling. Read more

Pomegranates

Key Facts Due to high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, potassium, folic acid, and iron, pomegranates are frequently categorized as ‘superfoods’. The interior of the pomegranate is segmented by membranous walls into compartments packed with red, pink, or white flavorful, pulp-filled sacs (arils). Ready-to-eat arils in plastic cups have become popular Read more

Watermelon

Watermelons stacked together

  Key Facts Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, cantaloupes, and other melons This annual fruit crop has a smooth green rind; the flesh is most commonly red but may be yellow or orange Watermelon can be seeded or seedless, hybrid or Read more