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

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. 

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Tony’s Tips: All about persimmons, a family favorite

Tony’s Tips: All about persimmons, a family favorite

Russo’s' persimmons are “a seasonal favorite and a family favorite, too” according to Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts. The Hachiya permissions are a classic variety in the United States, while the Fuyu persimmons are a newly popularized fruit. Luckily, Russo’s has both in stock! 

When choosing your persimmons, pay attention to discoloration and texture, but don’t rule out ones with imperfections. Appearance often has no effect on how the fruit ripens, and as Tony puts it, “the important thing is the fruit ripening properly.” Persimmons should be extremely ripe before they can be properly enjoyed, with a soft texture similar to a gummy peach. They’re a very sweet fruit and entirely edible besides the stem. The season only lasts two months, so come pick up these California-grown persimmons while they’re here! 

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Tony’s Tips: How to cut a pomegranate 

Tony’s Tips: How to cut a pomegranate 

Cutting a pomegranate may seem daunting, but Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts, makes it simple for us. “There are a number of ways to open a pomegranate, and everyone has their favorite,” says Tony. His preferred method is easy: cut the top all the way around, with a paper towel underneath to absorb the juices. Cut out the top in the center and you’ll see the seams inside the pomegranate, which are indicated by small ridges on the outside of the fruit. Just cut down the seams of the fruit and enjoy! 

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Tony’s Tips: We have the rare Bucatini 

Tony’s Tips: We have the rare Bucatini 

There has been a mysterious shortage of Bucatini in the United States in 2020 and it’s been nearly impossible to find, but have you checked Russo’s? “We understand there’s no bucatini in the United States, says Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts, “however, we have plenty!” In stock is the Benedetto Cavalieri Bucatini, a thick spaghetti with a hole in the center. Pick up a bag along with our house-made Russo’s tomato sauce for an extra fun pasta night at home. 

 

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Tony’s Tips: How to choose the right pumpkin

Tony’s Tips: How to choose the right pumpkin

Looking for the perfect pumpkin to bring home from Russo’s? As Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts, sees it, “They don’t have to be perfect!” The assortment of shapes and textures reveals a character and charm that comes with locally-grown produce. The important qualities to look for in a pumpkin are a big handle, a rich orange color, and a thick outer layer. You can feel confident that these pumpkins will last a long time due to the way they’re grown and the newer variety of seed. This type shouldn’t be used for cooking (the Sugar Pumpkins are better suited) but the seeds are perfect for roasting once the insides are scooped out.

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Tony’s Tips: Our diverse selection of melons 

Tony’s Tips: Our diverse selection of melons 

It’s the beginning of the melon season in Southern California and Arizona, and as Tony Russo from Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts, predicts, “it’s going to be a great year, the melons are really sweet.” In the outdoor melon department, there is a wide variety: Crenshaw melons, Orange-Fleshed honeydews, Hami melons, and more types of cantaloupes and honeydews. “They’re spectacular this season,” Tony says, “the prices are good and the product is excellent!” These fruits mature beautifully due to excellent planting and growing conditions before reaching Russo’s.
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