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Tony’s Tips: Kaki persimmons are a versatile fruit

Tony’s Tips: Kaki persimmons are a versatile fruit

Kaki persimmons look similar to hachiya persimmons, but they’re flatter and not as conical. As Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts, tells us, “they’re versatile in that they can be eaten just like this, hard as a rock, or nice and ripe!” 

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Tony’s Tips: These kumquats are the perfect mix of flavors

Tony’s Tips: These kumquats are the perfect mix of flavors

These kumquats are “about as perfect as they can be!” Just wash them off and eat them. “What everyone wants is the contrast. You can eat everything, the skin which is sweet and the fruit is tart,” says Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts. The season ends abruptly, and will start again soon in California into the late spring or summer. 

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Tony’s Tips: Cherimoya is a fruit that tastes like custard

Tony’s Tips: Cherimoya is a fruit that tastes like custard

Russo’s cherimoyas are at the front of the store, because “we want people to see it!” says Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts. “It’s green on the outside and pure white on the outside with big seeds, and the fruit is like custard,” says Tony. These ones come from Chile and they're grown year-round in Southeast Asia. Make sure you only eat the inside! 

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Tony’s Tips: Mums that are perfect for your patio

Tony’s Tips: Mums that are perfect for your patio

According to Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts, these smaller mum patio planters “are designed for your steps or to be planted in your garden.” These are from Stonefield Farm in Acton, MA, a family farm in their third generation of growing! Tony maintains decades-long relationships with local farmers. He knows what they are growing, when they will be harvesting and appreciates their dedication to their work. He loves the products from this farm.

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Tony's Tips: A tour through our flower section

Tony's Tips: A tour through our flower section

Today we are exploring the colorful and diverse flower section of Russo’s with Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts. When asked what is the first thing he notices in this section, Tony notes “I see color!” Hydrangeas have become more popular over the past few years, and we have lovely miniature and antique varieties. You can make a special statement with just a few of the open-cut calla lily, and the multicolored Asiatic and Oriental varieties have strong and varied fragrances. The Eryngium flower has a strong scent to it and there are also many beautiful rose varieties. 

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