You may have noticed we have new fruit and vegetable options– mangosteen is an exotic fruit making its way here to the U.S. although it happened to be Queen Victoria’s favorite fruit! Here’s how to open it. Fold your hands in front of you with your fingers interlocked. Now pick up a Mangosteen, stem up, between the heels of your hands, not the palms. Gently but firmly begin squeezing until the thick peel suddenly splits in half. Your reward will be several delicate, deliciously sweet sections of white fruit that will melt in your mouth. A few larger segments will have a single seed; the smaller ones, none at all. And if you want to know how many segments are inside before you open it, turn the Mangosteen over and count the petals on the small, raised flower design. Many chefs are setting aside meat cleavers for garden gloves while they focus on plant based dishes. Mario Batali is a booster with his Meatless Mondays. At Eataly, his new megastore, there’s a “vegetable butcher” who preps produce and advises customers on how to prepare mean veggie dishes such as swiss chard!