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Offer Pancetta-Wrapped Peaches!

Add something absolutely mouth-watering to your appetizer menu this Spring! These Pancetta-Wrapped Peaches are the perfect dish for anyone looking for the perfect mix of sweet and savory.

Ingredients

  • 16 thin slices of pancetta 
  • 2 medium freestone peaches—halved, pitted and cut into 8 wedges each 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper 
  • 16 basil leaves 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • Aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling

Directions

  1. Lay the pancetta slices out on a work surface. Set a peach wedge at the edge of each slice, season with salt and pepper and top with a basil leaf. Roll up the pancetta to enclose the peaches.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil. Add half of the wrapped peaches and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until the pancetta is browned and crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a platter and repeat with the remaining peaches.
  3. Lightly drizzle the peaches with aged balsamic vinegar and serve.

Wawona’s Signature Sliced Peaches are ideal to use in not only this item but appetizers, entrees, and desserts! Contact us today to learn more!

Don’t Forget…March is National Frozen Foods Month!

March is National Frozen Food Month, which is a great reminder that frozen foods are a convenient and delicious way to eat within a family’s food budget, according to the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI). AFFI highlights the benefits of frozen food with its 2022 Frozen Advantage Toolkit.

The advantages include:

  • Frozen foods are nutritious: Fruits and vegetables are harvested and quickly flash-frozen within hours to lock in key nutrients, vitamins and minerals like Riboflavin, Vitamins C and E, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Iron, Fiber, Phenolics.
  • Frozen foods reduce consumer food waste: Frozen foods don’t spoil in the freezer so consumers can eat all that they buy; unused portions can be returned to the freezer to be used for another meal. This reduces food waste and saves families money.
  • The frozen food aisle is packed with affordable healthier choices: Grocery stores now stock a wide array of healthier frozen foods with fewer calories, less saturated fat, sugar and sodium, and more fiber and whole grains.
  • Frozen foods are easy to prepare: They help families save time cooking and cleaning in the kitchen so they can spend more time together at the table.

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has developed resources that are helpful in understanding the important role frozen food plays in a healthy eating pattern. For more information, check out the Frozen Advantage, a comprehensive resource guide along with their various toolkits. For more information and to view AFFI’s Frozen Food Month toolkit, click here.

Click here to read the original article on AFFI.com.

The Behavioral Science Of Increasing Fruit Consumption

One of the most common reasons many of the resolutions people made on January 1st will be abandoned is that people choose resolutions that are too difficult, and promise themselves changes that are too big because they want big results. Here are three, simple evidence-based ideas you can share with consumers to help them stick to their fruit resolutions:

Create a habit

If you can manage to create a habit, your desired behavior will become automatic – and so much easier to do. Habits aren’t easy to create, but there is a formula that works if you can put in the early effort to keep on track: pick a simple behavior, pick a time and place to do it, repeat the behavior at that time and place, and enjoy a little reward when you do it.

Make It Easy

Easy to see, grab, find, eat immediately, plan, keep around, buy, get in your mouth, get in your kids’ mouths, swallow, like, clean, pack, remember and habitualize.

Cultivate enjoyment

The evidence is strong: systematic exposure increases liking over time. It’s all about repeatedly trying to eat fruits and find new ways to incorporate them into your diet. Exposure works well with kids if you keep the experience positive by giving praise for trying and if you remain realistic: change won’t happen overnight, and the goal isn’t to create a connoisseur – just a kid who at least tolerates fruits.

You can read more about these and other evidence-based tips at fruitsandveggies.org.

This article was originally featured in the Have a Plant Ambassador Activation Kit, Winter 2022, and was written by Dr. Jason Riis, Chief Behavioral Scientist for the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH).

Understanding The Health Benefits Of Plant-Forward Eating

The importance of plant-forward eating isn’t exactly new news. Strong evidence over several decades shows consuming fruits and vegetables promotes well-being even beyond basic nutrient requirements. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans support nutrient-dense, plant-forward eating patterns, including vegetables, fruits, grains, low-fat dairy, lean meat and poultry, seafood and oils (including nuts) to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. As plant-forward patterns grow in popularity, so does the evidence supporting their role in optimizing health.

Living Longer: Enjoying a plant-forward eating pattern, including consumption of fruits and vegetables at recommended levels and a higher intake of nuts, has been associated with a reduced risk of all causes of mortality.

Losing Weight & Reducing Obesity Risk: Small studies have indicated that overweight adults who followed a plant-forward diet can lose weight more effectively than those not following this type of eating style. One factor is likely the role of antioxidants and fiber in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, which can promote satiety or feelings of fullness.

Reducing Risk of Cancer: Significant evidence has illustrated how eating more plants can help reduce the risk of cancer. The research highlights the role of cancer-pro-tective nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, which are abundant in vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds.

Consider adding more fruit into your diet with the help of Wawona! Check out our products on our website to learn more.

Try Tomato Peach Crumble Squares!

Sweetpop tomatoes are so sweet you absolutely can make a dessert out of them, and of course, Wawona can provide our Signature Sliced Peaches! This delicious spin on a peach crumble will have your customers begging for more.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups cake and pastry flour (soft flour)
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • Butter or coconut oil for greasing the pan

Filling

  • 4 peaches (3 cups pitted and cut into pieces)
  • 24 Red Sun Farms Sweetpops tomatoes
  • ½ cup yellow sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

Crumble

  • ½ cup yellow sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup raw pecans
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

To make the crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Put the flour, butter and sugar in a food processor and process it until it starts to bind together a bit.
  3. Grease and 8” x 8” square pan with butter or coconut oil. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan.
  4. Put the crust mixture in the pan. Spread it out evenly and press it down into a solid mass.
  5. Put it in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

To make the filling

  1. While the crust is cooking, cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. Cut all the peaches into small one-inch pieces.  Put into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Cut the Sweetpops in half and add them to the bowl.
  3. Mix the yellow sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt and flour together in another bowl. Add to the peaches and tomatoes.  Mix by hand with a spoon, fork or spatchula.

To make the crumble

  1. Put all the ingredients for the crumble in a food processor. Process until the crumble starts to slightly bind together.
  2. Once the crust is baked, put the filling on top of the crust and sprinkle the crumble on top.
  3. Put back in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the crumble is baked and slightly golden.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool. Go around the edge of the square pan with a flat knife.  Lift a little to make sure it is not stuck to the bottom of the pan.  Place a large plate on the top of the pan and flip it over to have the square fall out of the pan and onto the plate.  Remove the pan.  Remove the parchment paper if it’s stuck to the square.  Place another plate on top and flip the square so that it is right-side up.
  5. Cut into 12 pieces and serve.
  6. If not serving right away, place in an airtight container.

Wawona is proud to offer Signature Sliced Peaches that are picked at peak ripeness, so you never have to worry about them being “in season” or under/overripe! Contact us today to learn more!

Recipe link: HERE

Delicious Peach Green Smoothie!

Looking to add something new and delicious to your menu? Look no further — a scrumptious smoothie using Wawona’s Signature Sliced Peaches is going to have all of your customers running! Below is the recipe, from American Frozen Food Institute:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Wawona frozen peaches
  • 1 banana
  • ¾ cup low fat milk
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, washed under cold running water

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in blender. Puree until smooth.
  3. Garnish with peach slice before serving, if desired.

To see more delicious recipes, visit affi.org.

Wawona’s Outstanding Organic Fruit!

Whether you’re looking to buy frozen fruit in bulk or frozen school food, you need a good source for your fruit. 

We recommend checking out Wawona’s outstanding organic fruit! Wawona offers a wide range of organic fruits, including peaches, strawberries, pears, pineapples, blueberries, mangoes, and plums. 

Related: Wawona Fruit Products

These fruits will help you meet the needs of your customers, and you can count on Wawona’s quality and on-time delivery

If you’re looking to learn more about Wawona’s organic fruit, contact us today

Utilizing Pre-Cut and Frozen Fruit!

At Wawona Frozen Foods, we know one of the most valuable resources in a professional kitchen is time and that time lost to prepping food means money lost for your business. Our pre-cut fruit saves you time, money, and labor, so you can focus on the far more important task of serving your customers quality food without added hassle.

Our Fruit

Unlike canning which requires very firm fruit, flash freezing allows Wawona to pick fruit at peak maturity levels, resulting in greater control over product-specific criteria, such as ideal firmness, appearance and brix content. Wawona is proud to be the premium supplier of peaches in the U.S. as the highly nutritious fruit is a good source of Vitamins B & C, calcium, potassium and antioxidants.

Our Customers

Located in California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley, Wawona Frozen Foods specializes in growing and processing the highest quality fresh frozen fruit products for food manufacturers, foodservice distributors, restaurants and resorts, supermarkets and schools.

Do you want to save time and money in your kitchen? Then order pre-cut fruit from Wawona Frozen Foods! We offer pre-cut/diced fruits for peaches, strawberries, pears, pineapple, mango, blueberries, and even mixed fruit or custom blends. Learn more today!

Ways to Use Wawona’s Peaches

During this winter, wouldn’t your customers enjoy the taste of summer? Our delicious peaches are fresher than fresh. We flash freeze them to seal in that sweet flavor, natural colors, texture, and nutrients. 

Our firm peaches can be used in a variety of dishes:

  • Peach and Raspberry Crumble. Your customers will love the combination of peaches and raspberries.  
  • Peach Cobbler. This traditional dessert is filled with gooey, sweet peaches and topped with sweet, crispy crumbs. 
  • Peachy-Orange Arugula Salad. This salad includes raw and grilled peaches with fresh greens for your plant-based customers. 

These and other dishes will be popular with your customers. 

Related: Peach Cobbler Cookies!

Are you looking for the highest quality in frozen fruit? We grow and process fruit the way it should be. Contact Wawona Frozen Foods to learn more.

Fruit-Forward Favorites for Sweet Wintery Treats!

Are you looking to incorporate fruit into tasty baked sweets this winter? Here are a couple mouthwatering fruity treats that will quickly become winter favorites on your menu.

Peach Bars

Fresh peach bars are sure to please customers looking for a sweet indulgence on a chilly winter day. Highlighted by a unique, peachy flavor profile, the peach bar is a menu staple that will delight every customer.

Blueberry Tart

The Blueberry Tart is the perfect sweet to deliver signature flavor and a healthy punch. It can be served as both a breakfast and dessert item, providing a satisfying mix of sweet and delicious baked brilliance.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

A strawberry filling paired with a delectable pie crust creates a truly exceptional dessert that will keep your customers coming back for more. This classic pie can headline any dessert menu and promises to please the toughest critic.

Wawona Frozen Foods has all of the highest quality frozen fruit that is suitable for any operation! Contact us today to learn more.

Discover Wawona Quality.

  • "We love the quality of the fruit … it has a nice brix content and makes thick, flavorful smoothies."

    Jeff Degemas, Purchasing Director, Juiceland, 34 smoothies shops in Texas
  • "Wawona is my one-stop shop… I love it! Wawona Frozen Fruit allows us to make the smoothies quickly and save on labor costs. And there is no waste with frozen fruit."

    Nick Villareal, COO, Fork to Fit, McAllen, Texas.
  • "Wawona fruit servings are convenient, easy-to-serve and they have a great shelf life."

    Robert Schram, Director of Campus Catering at Clovis (CA) Unified School District
  • "Wonderful tasting fruit with great selection and variety."

    Ginger M.
  • "The frozen peach cups are absolutely amazing."

    Stacie S.
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