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Not many fruits outshine peaches in beauty and delectability. With juicy flavor, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it's one of those foods that's every bit a healthy snack. On this episode, we'll visit an historic family orchard to see what it takes to grow peaches in Iowa. Then chef Jamie Powers from Deluxe Cakes and Pastries in Iowa City, IA will stop by the studio kitchen to share a few innovative recipes using peaches.

From sweet and mellow to blistering hot, peppers take on a range of flavors. They're easy to grow in Iowa's fertile soil; you can freeze them, can them, and they can be used in a variety of recipes. On this episode of Iowa Ingredient, host Charity Nebbe explores the world of peppers. She'll visit a farm northwest of Cumming, Iowa and learn the art of roasting chile peppers. Des Moines Chef Lisa LaValle also joins Charity in the studio kitchen to share pepper preparing techniques and recipes.

Plums are delightful to eat freshly picked from the tree. But as Iowa Chef Tom Skold shows us in our studio kitchen, plums are also a lovely surprise ingredient in main dishes and iced desserts. Plus, host Charity Nebbe discovers some secrets to properly propagating plums when we visit Upstream Gardens in Altoona, Iowa. And we'll discover an inspiring project called "Look, Cook, and Eat!", a culinary tool for folks with special needs.

An ingredient that's not just for Popeye anymore, spinach is loaded with green goodness. Join host Charity Nebbe on her adventure to learn more about this leafy super-food. Visit Annie's Gardens and Greens in Fort Atkinson, Iowa to learn how spinach is not only readily available, but also easily grown. Chef Blake Landau cooks up a couple of delightful spinach dishes. And several central Iowa volunteer groups partner to plant a mile of produce at the Rinehart's Family Farm near Ogden, Iowa.

Join host Charity Nebbe and some of our favorite chefs including Chef David Baruthio, Chef Katy Meyer, Chef Walter Jahncke, Chef Melissa Friedhof, and Chef Tom Skold as we blend some of Iowa's tastiest ingredients into scrumptious smoothies! Five different recipes are showcased in our studio kitchen.

Nothing represents summer in the Midwest like the taste of sweet corn! On this episode, we'll explore the appeal of growing, selling, and sharing this distinctive ingredient. And Chef Melissa Freidhof from the famed Ross's Restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa puts a twist on traditional sweet corn recipes in our studio kitchen.

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