Archive for August, 2010

Wake Up Your Tastebuds With Uncle Matt’s New 100% Florida Organic Grapefruit Juice Now Available Nationwide

Monday, August 30th, 2010

CLERMONT, FL — Uncle Matt’s Organic announced today that it will be adding 100% pure Florida organic grapefruit juice to its healthy line of organic fruit and juices.  The grapefruit juice, which is a delicious, flavorful blend of mellow Ruby Reds and robust Whites, with some juicy dark red Rios and Flames squeezed in for extra sweetness, will be available year round and debuts the first of October.

“We’re happy to finally announce the launch of our grapefruit juice,” says Matt McLean, CEO and founder of Uncle Matt’s. “By transitioning enough acreage to organic in our family of growers, we now have the fruit and volume to provide premium organic grapefruit juice. Customers are assured that the quality and supply is consistent with other Uncle Matt’s products and that no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers have ever been used in the growing process.”

Organic grapefruit juice is a great alternative for the morning juice glass with health benefits all its own. Uncle Matt’s not-from-concentrate, flash-pasteurized juice is packed with vitamin C and is a source of calcium, folic acid, phosphorus and potassium.  Not to mention, there’s even more health benefits derived from grapefruit’s powerful phytonutrients like free radical-fighting lycopene and disease-deterring limonoids.

Uncle Matt’s grapefruit juice will be available nationwide through UNFI and Whole Foods and will carry the same pricepoint as its 59 oz. organic orange juice counterparts.

Uncle Matt’s in the Orlando Sentinel

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Annual grocery guide sets diverse table

Our annual Ethnic Grocery Guide is a favorite of mine because it reflects one of my favorite things — the diversity of Central Florida — and exemplifies why I think this is a great place for foodies.

These markets are scattered throughout Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. We are updating the guide for 2010 and we need your help. Have we overlooked a few of your favorite places? Are you a business owner who wants to get the word out?

Send your tips to me via any of the marvelous forms of communication noted below. I’ll be taking your suggestions until 5 p.m. on Oct. 8. The guide will publish in Cooking & Eating on Oct. 20.

Slow Food Orlando goes international. Members of Slow Food Orlando are headed to Terra Madre in Turin, Italy, this fall. Terra Madre is an international network of food producers, chefs, educators, activists and students from more than 150 countries who all have the common interest and goal of global sustainability in food. The biennial event is hosted in the mother country of Slow Food — Italy. Delegates will have the opportunity to share innovative solutions and time-honored traditions for keeping small-scale agriculture and sustainable food production alive and well.

Slow Food Orlando ( is a chapter of Slow Food USA, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America. This effort is supported through programs dedicated to taste education, defending biodiversity and building food communities.

Local delegates include Trish Strawn of Deep Creek Ranch in west Volusia County, Dale Volker of west Orange County’s Lake Meadow Naturals, Cinthia Sandoval of Wild Ocean Seafood Market in Port Canaveral, Oliver Kann of Heart of Christmas Farms and Tony Adams of Big Wheel Provisions, a pivotal participant in weekly Monday night Audubon Park Community Market gatherings, and Rebecca Reis-Miller, Slow Food Orlando co-founder.

Shop local, eat local, but stay food-safe. Farmers markets are great sources for fresh produce, but you need to be vigilant about food safety in these open-air centers. Fruit samples are often served on exposed trays that have been touched by many fingers. Wash your hands often and don’t chomp into that delicious fruit until you have time to thoroughly wash the produce at home.

What’s in season. Scorching August trims the amount of Florida produce available in supermarkets but you should be able to find good buys on avocados, okra and watermelons. Sounds like a swell trio to me. Clermont’s Uncle Matt’s, a local organic star, is showing its second crop of avocados (available now through January). Florida avocados tend to be larger and greener than their Mexican counterparts and deliver important health benefits. Florida avocados are naturally lower in fat and have fewer calories than the popular Hass avocado. They are a good source of dietary fiber, folate, potassium, as well as vitamins B-6 and C. Avocados are also a source of monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol.

Today on my blog, look for some of our favorite test kitchen recipes for avocados, okra and watermelons.

At the seafood counter, look for alligator, amberjack, clams, blue crabs, flounder, red grouper, spiny lobster, mahi mahi, oysters, shrimp, red snapper, yellowtail snapper, swordfish and yellowfin tuna.

Calling all cookbook authors. The Oct. 9 “Deltona Regional Library’s Authors Book Fair: Celebrating Writers and Readers” has more than 50 authors registered to date, but the organizers are still looking for local cookbook authors to join the lineup. The fair is a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Deltona Library. For more information check out

Food Editor Heather McPherson can be reached at 407-420-5498, hmcpherson@orlando and on Twitter @OS_thedish. Follow daily food news at her blog

Uncle Matt’s featured on the Today Show

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The truth about quenching your thirst

Watch below and see Uncle Matt’s towards the end of the segment!

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