Fruit’’s contribution to good health uncanny

Along with a main dish and tasty sides, fruit is a must on any menu. The USDA recommends three to five servings of fruit daily and, thanks to the wonders of modern canning, a variety of delicious fruit is available any time of year, including succulent Pacific Northwest canned pears. Pears come halved or sliced and make a flavorful, low-calorie addition to a variety of recipes. For delicious pear recipes such as Pear Cherry Crepes, visit www.eatcannedpears.com.

Perhaps no snack food is more American than the potato chip, and 2003 marks the 150th birthday of this unique treat, say experts at the Snack Food Association and the United States Potato Board. The first potato chips were made by George Crum at Moon’s Lake House, a resort in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1853. When a patron complanied that his potatoes were too thick, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes paper-thin, fried them to a crisp, salted them and sent them back out. The fussy patron loved the “crunch potato slices” and snack history was made.