Over 90 percent of American figs are grown in California. Two growers there are trying to coax the fruit into ripeness nine months of the year and maybe more. anujd89/Flickr hide caption

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A new study linking animal protein-rich diets to increased mortality in middle age adds fuel to the controversy over how much protein — and from what sources — is ideal for health. One thing that seems pretty clear: It doesn't hurt to go heavy on the greens. iStockphoto hide caption

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Euclid Market, a corner store in East Los Angeles, recently got a makeover to promote healthier eating. It not only sells more fruits and vegetables, but also offers cooking classes and nutrition education. Courtesy of Margaret Molloy/UCLA Fielding School of Public Health hide caption

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It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

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Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health

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Some of this season's Comice pear harvest is rotting in Pacific Northwest orchards because there aren't enough workers to pick it. Deena Prichep/for NPR hide caption

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Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

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A salad of sunflower sprouts, grapefruit, and avocado waits to be served and eaten at a party in Washington, D.C. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images for Girl Behind The Camera hide caption

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The Cotton Candy grape looks and smells like a regular green grape. But the taste will evoke memories of the circus. Courtesy of Spencer Gray hide caption

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The label for the berry blend recalled in June because of pomegranates linked to a hepatitis A outbreak. Food and Drug Administration hide caption

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What Poisoned Pomegranates Tell Us About Food Safety

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For the sweetest, smoothest strawberry jam, author Kevin West suggests staying as far away as possible from what he calls "Pamela Anderson fruit": the big strawberries found in regular supermarkets. He prefers picking small, red berries from farm stands, instead. Kevin West/Knopf hide caption

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Preserving The Season's Fruits With A Canning Evangelist

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Researchers at Rice University conducted lab studies using light-dark cycles to try to coax more beneficial compounds out of fruits and vegetables. Heather Rousseau/NPR hide caption

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How Circadian Rhythms Give Vegetables A Healthy Boost

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Left to their own devices, many seedless grapes would be puny and soft. But these Thompson seedless got pleasingly plump after a little girdling and hormone treatment. Daniel M.N. Turner/NPR hide caption

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The fabled and rare chocolate persimmon may look rotten, but it is juicy and sweet without being cloying. Rachel Myrow/NPR hide caption

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Customers line up for farmers market produce on a corner in Washington, D.C., where people eat more fruits and veggies than in many states. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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