Tony's Tips

  • 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!” 

  • 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. 

  • 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! 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Tony’s Tips: Apple Cider from a longtime family farm

    Our delicious, pasteurized apple cider is Massachusetts-produced and comes from Box Mill Farm in Stow, MA. "We've been buying apples and cider from them since the 1940s!" says to Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts.

  • Tony’s Tips: Delicious apples from local growers 

    “All the apples seen here are grown in Vermont, or New Hampshire, and mostly Massachusetts,” says Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts. The Mutsu apples are a favorite from family growers in Sterling MA and Newfane VT. We have a wide selection of organic apples as well! 

  • Tony's Tips: The lovely waxflower

    Waxflowers, also known as Chamelaucium, are a simple and pretty way to decorate. Scratch the stem with your thumb to reveal the most lovely scent! 

  • Tony's Tips: Kiwi and cactus pears are enjoyed worldwide

    Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts, tell us that Kiwis “were introduced by growers in New Zealand and are now grown all over the world!” Cactus pears were introduced from the Mediterranean. They come in many colors, and these are a vibrant red inside. 

  • Tony's Tips: How to eat a longan

     At Russo’s, we always have longans, a fruit that is particularly popular among the southeast Asian community. “It’s a grape texture and inside you’ll find a bigger seed,” describes Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts. Just eat the delicious fruit around the seed. Longans are in season from July to early September. 


  • Tony’s Tips: Fruit to celebrate the Chinese New Year 

    “These apples and pears were flown in special for the holidays,” says Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts, in preparation for the Chinese New Year. Russo's has snow apples, fuji apples, good fortune apples, sweet pears, and more from Korea and China. We also have our own Kingsbury Orchard Asian pears from California.

  • Tony's Tips: The best crop of local Cortland apples

    Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts, tells us, "These apples come from Bill Broderick's farm in Sterling Mass, Sunny Crest Orchard." According to Bill, this is the best crop of Cortland apples in 43 years. We think Bill's apples are the best anyway, so that is pretty extraordinary! Tony talks to farmers on a daily basis, keeping up close relationships and ensuring Russo’s always has the best produce.