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Produce department

The Freshest Fruits and Vegetables, Everyday!

From what's in season to your everyday favorites, Food Lion brings you only the best. The crispest apples, the ripest bananas and the brightest berries. We work hard to ensure that our produce is inspected carefully and rotated regularly delivering the freshest produce to your home.

What's In-Season?

Navel oranges

featuring a slightly thick skin, they are easy to peel & section. They are virtually seedless & are a good source of fiber. Segments are healthy & fun snacks for kids that pack & travel well.

Grapefruits

are sweet & juicy with a sour cherry aroma. The interior varies from white, to champagne, to deep red. Grapefruits don’t contain fat, cholesterol or sodium & are rich in vitamins
A & C.

Limes

have a distinctive piney, floral flavor & spicy aroma notes. They have a thin skin, few seeds & are an excellent source of vitamin C. Add lime zest to butter to dress plain vegetables or grilled meat & fish.

Lemons

are bright yellow, tart & tangy. With their crisp floral smell & distinct tangy flavor, they are widely used in cooking. Try adding the grated zest of fresh lemon to cake & cookie recipes.

Tangerines

also known as mandarins, are smaller than oranges & have a looser peel. They’re an ideal snack for kids & anyone on the go.

Minneola Tangelos

are identified by their unique knob-like formation at the stem. They’re large with a deep red-orange exterior & a delicious, tart-sweet flavor. They have few seeds.

Blood Oranges

have a deep maroon interior & orange-red exterior. They offer a distinct rich orange taste & are easy to peel. The intense flavor is wonderful with grilled meat.

Pummelos

are the largest of all citrus fruit. They have a thick, dark green peel that fades to yellow as the season progresses. Less acidic than grapefruit, they have a zesty, tropical scent & a sweet, tangy flavor.

Cara Cara Oranges

have a rich pink pulp & an orange exterior. They’re extremely sweet & tangy, with few seeds. They’re an excellent source of Vitamin A & C, high in Fiber & are a natural source of Lycopene.

Clementines

are known for their unique rounded middle & flat top & bottom. They have a deep orange smooth, glossy skin. They are easy to peel, filled with an apricot nectar flavor & have few seeds.

Citrus Tips

Health Tip:

Fresh oranges & lemons are an excellent source of the necessary Vitamin C needed to keep your immune system in top shape during cold and flu season.

Buying Tip:

Look for fruits that are firm & heavy for their size with bright, colorful skins. Citrus fruit peel may vary in thickness, depending on weather conditions during the growing season.

Storage Tip:

Store in a cool ventilated area. Most citrus will keep at room temperature for


Featured Recipes

Baked Washington Apple with Chocolate Sauce
(recipe from the Middle East)

Serves 4


Baked Washington Apple with Chocolate Sauce
Ingredients:

  • 4 Washington Golden Delicious apples, cored
  • 4 ounces bitter chocolate squares
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • 2 tbsps. unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Optional: Garnish with roasted pistachio nuts and chocolate-coated leaves
Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 oF. Place Washington apples in a baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until baked to desired doneness.
  2. In a medium pan over medium heat, stir sugar with water and corn syrup until sugar dissolves. Increase heat, bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream and butter and stir until well-dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Then add chocolate and stir until melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Decorate plate with melted chocolate and place baked apple on top. Optional: Garnish with roasted pistachio nuts and chocolate-coated leaves.



Chocolate-Coated Washington Apple
(recipe from the Middle East)

Serves 4


Chocolate-Coated Washington Apple
Ingredients:

  • 4 Large Washington Gala apples, washed
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 cups roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 3 tbsps. skim milk
  • Chocolate-coated leaves to garnish (optional)
Method of Preparation:

  1. In a pan over medium heat, stir chocolate chips for a minute or until melted. Add milk and stir until mixture is smooth.
  2. Divide Washington apples in serving plates. Pour chocolate sauce over apples until covered. Sprinkle with peanuts and place in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  3. Garnish with chocolate coated leaves and serve (optional)



Red Onion-Washington Apple Salad
(recipe from the Middle East)

Serves 4


Red Onion-Washington Apple Salad
Ingredients:

  • 4 cups escarole lettuce, torn into pieces
  • 4 Washington Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into rings
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. dry mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hard-boiled egg and crusty bread slices to serve (optional)
Method of Preparation:

  1. Divide lettuce into serving plates. Top with apple slices and onion rings.
  2. Mix lemon juice with vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad just before serving.
  3. Optional: Serve with hard-boiled egg and crusty bread slices. Garnish with herbs.

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