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Produce picks: Gimme an M! Gimme a P!

Last Modified: February 23, 2024

Nutrition & Recipes


When it comes to healthy eating, there are so many options! We’re working our way through the alphabet, highlighting some of the standouts, in this case, starting with the letters “M” and “P.” This lineup of produce picks delivers big flavor and major protective and preventative health benefits. Find them in your local produce section and try the simple preparations we’ve provided or a popular recipe.


This fruit promotes eye health and offers some protection against cancer.

Look for: Fragrant, semi-soft.
Store: In a cool, dry place for 3-5 days.
Preparations: Enjoy mangoes raw, grilled or baked.

How to cut a mango

1. Stand the mango on a cutting board, stem end down.

2. Place the knife about ¼-inch from the widest center line, cut down through the mango. Repeat this cut on the other side. Discard the middle piece (seed).

3. Cut slices in a checkerboard pattern on the two pieces left. Scrape or squeeze out mango chunks.

How others are cooking with mango

Mango Salsa (with Avocado!)
Featured on the blog Cooking Classy ™

Spicy Thai Mango Salad
Featured on the blog Every Last Bite.

Grilled Mango Chicken
Featured on the blog The Almond Eater

Mango Chia Pudding
Featured on the blog Loving It Vegan


Peaches can boost immunity, promote eye health and provide some cancer prevention properties.

Look for: Fragrant, semi-soft.
Store: In a cool, dry place for 3-5 days.
Preparations: Enjoy peaches raw, grilled or baked.

Grilled peaches

1. Heat the grill to medium-low heat.

2. Halve and pit 4 peaches.

3. Brush the peach halves with 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

4. Place peaches on the grill, lower the cover and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, until charred and softened.

How others are cooking with peaches

Peach Overnight Oats
Featured on the blog Eating Bird Food

Healthy Peach Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Featured on the blog Amy’s Healthy Baking

Roasted Peach BBQ Chicken Bake
Featured on the blog The Creative Bite

Simple Peach Feta Salad
Featured on the blog Walder Wellness



Pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties and boosts immune health.

Look for: Yellow color rising to the crown.
Store: In a cool, dry place for several weeks.|
Preparations: Enjoy raw, baked, grilled or sautéed

How to cut a pineapple

1. Cut off the top, being careful of the pointy leaves, and bottom.

2. Stand the pineapple up, and slice down the sides to remove the tough skin.

3. Slice the pineapple lengthwise around the core.

4. Cut each piece lengthwise again and dice crosswise to create chunks.

How others are cooking with pineapple

Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Smoothie
Featured on the blog Curry Trail

Air Fryer Pineapple
Featured on the blog Sizzling Eats

Pineapple-Cucumber Salad
Featured on the blog The Kitchn

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe (Vegan)
Featured on the blog Vegan Heaven



Pumpkin promotes eye health and boosts immunity.

Look for: Bright, smooth skin.
Store: Whole for 1-2 months in a dry, cool place.
Preparations: Enjoy roasted, baked, steamed, boiled or in baked goods.

Roasted pumpkin

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Rinse, peel and remove seeds from 1 small pumpkin, cut into 1-inch cubes.

3. Toss pumpkin with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

4. Arrange coated pumpkin on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until tender.

How others are cooking with pumpkin

Honey-Cinnamon Pumpkin Lentil Salad
Featured on the blog RecipeTin Eats

Easy Roasted Pumpkin
Featured on the blog Vintage Kitchen

Easy Pumpkin Soup
Featured on the blog Savory Nothings

Moroccan Pumpkin & Chickpea Stew
Featured on the blog Simple Veganista

Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffins
Featured on the blog Baker by Nature

More produce picks

Gimme an A!

Gimme a B!

Gimme a C!

Gimme a G! K! L!

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