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Friday, September 7th, 2018

Chocolate is a rich, luscious, tasty treat, but it is also a rich source of antioxidants and the flavonoids have been found to have a positive effect on cardiovascular health. Wine is a beverage to enjoy while socializing and with dinner, yet it has also been found help reduce the […]

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
harvesting pistachio plants in New Mexico

Pistachios ripen in the month of September almost exclusively around the world except for Australia which harvests in February. In exceptionally hot summers, harvest may be early (last week of August). The hull of the pistachio is called the epicarp. It is about 1/16 of an inch thick and adheres […]

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
harvesting grapes for different types of wine

Wine grapes are not native to New Mexico. They were brought to the state in the 1600’s by Monks needing wine for Catholic ceremonies. They grew well, but endured a difficult journey through rough winters, Pueblo revolts, Prohibition and major flooding, essentially demolishing wine making in the region. A resurgence […]

Monday, August 6th, 2018
merlot from heart of the desert pistachios and wine

Merlot, in French, means “the little blackbird”. In America, it is the second most popular red grape, just behind Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is known for being soft, ripe and elegant. Most are easy drinking reds that pair well with foods and are pleasurable to enjoy on their own. Merlot is […]

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Hangry is a newer term we see tossed around, the combination of being hungry and grumpy. We have all suffered from this. Imagine being a kid that is a metabolic machine that uses carbohydrates faster than your minivan goes through a tank of gas. No wonder they throw fits! Becci […]

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is filled with parades, flags flying, barbecues, fireworks, and impromptu baseball games. Families, friends, and neighbors often get together to enjoy eating, talking, and lighting colorful fireworks. But where did it all start? History of Independence Day Celebrations: The holiday was […]

Monday, July 2nd, 2018
pistachio ice cream recipe

Pistachio ice cream is always a favorite in the Heart of the Desert Alamogordo store. If you can’t make it to Alamogordo, New Mexico to pick some up, this recipe would be a terrific addition to any warm evening this summer. Servings: 6 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 […]

Friday, June 15th, 2018
celebrate father's day with heart of the desert wine and pistachios

Father’s Day didn’t become a national holiday until 1972 when President Nixon made it so. 1972! Most of the readers of this blog were probably alive then. The writer certainly was. That’s fascinating, considering Mother’s Day became official in 1914. History of Father’s Day There are two stories regarding when […]

Monday, June 4th, 2018
pistachio farm in New Mexico

Who doesn’t love pistachios? They are a tasty treat that are good for snacking and in many recipes. Plus, they are so full of healthy stuff that they really are good for you. Think you want to try growing your own? Let’s see if you have what it takes… Climate: […]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

There is always some confusion about Veteran’s Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. Just to set the record straight, Memorial Day commemorates those that have fallen in the line of duty serving the United States military. They gave it all to help protect our freedom and it is a […]