Show 495, October 15, 2022: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “Prince of Produce” – Fruits and Everything Potatoes

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

It’s time to again share more of the very best in fruits and vegetables with our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. We also know him as the “Prince of Produce.”

Halloween is almost upon us so it’s the season of Freaky Fruit®. “October is Freaky Fruit® month, highlighting the most exotic and intriguing of Mother Nature’s sweet bounty. A bit creepy to look at, but surprisingly delectable to eat, Freaky Fruit® is a must for the entire month leading up to a frightening finale on Halloween.”

“Eaten out-of-hand, or added to desserts, baked goods, and other recipes, pomegranates, passion fruit, cherimoya, blood oranges, Buddha’s hand, dragon fruit, finger limes, cactus pears, kiwano melon, and rambutan have the wow-factor to make any dish truly spooktacular.”

Specialty potatoes are a signature of Melissa’s. They can be baked, broiled, fried, mashed and made into hearty soups and flavorful salads. Melissa’s pioneered the grown in Idaho, Dutch Yellow Potatoes. Robert fills us in on all things potatoes highlighting Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes, Pee Wee Dutch Yellow, Baby Red and Baby Purple.

Show 443, September 18, 2021: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Golden Road Brewing – collaboration with Kombrewcha Hard Kombucha

Victor Novak of Golden Road Brewing

“This summer, Brooklyn-born Kombrewcha Hard Kombucha and Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing came together to create a one-of-kind product, Passion Fruit Hard Kombucha.”

“Now on shelves throughout California for a limited-run, Passion Fruit Hard Kombucha reflects the unique personalities of both collaborators – nailing Kombrewcha’s penchant for refreshing fruit flavors and Golden Road’s fan-favorite fruit-forward beers and seltzers. This tangy, refreshing, gluten-free, 100% organic beverage is brewed to 6% ABV through natural fermentation.”

“Passion Fruit Hard Kombucha will not only appeal to hard kombucha lovers, but all consumers, including those who may love hard seltzers, wine, craft beers, or are seeking alternative and refreshing beverage options to cap off the remaining weeks of the summer season.”

“Working with the Kombrewcha team to create this new flavor was a complete collaboration and we couldn’t be prouder of the final result,” said Victor Novak, Brewmaster, Golden Road Brewing. “The Passion Fruit Hard Kombrewcha is a harmonious balance that’s true to both Golden Road and Kombrewcha’s craft, with a hint of classic kombucha acidity on the nose and palate, complemented by the passion fruit. We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to create something new in the kombucha space and hope folks love it as much as we do.”

“Passion Fruit Hard Kombucha is now available in 12 oz. can six-packs at select retailers throughout California while supplies last as well as in the Golden Road Pubs in Los Angeles, Anaheim and Huntington Beach.”

Golden Road’s acclaimed Brewmaster Victor Novak pops the tab on a can of a properly chilled Passion Fruit Hard Kombucha and joins us.

Show 392, September 26, 2020: Produce Expert Robert Schueller of Melissa’s on Halloween Entertaining

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioOur friends at Melissa’s World Variety Produce are again hauntingly clever in putting together a complete package of inspired party ideas and fun, healthy recipes to make your socially distanced Halloween celebration the ultimate ghostly gathering.

It all starts with Melissa’s exclusive selection of Freaky Fruits. These delicious items (exotic and tropical fruits) include Kiwano Melon, Dragon Fruit, Jackfruit, Blood Oranges, Passion Fruit, Strawberry Papaya, Pomegranates, Rambutans, Cherimoya, and Finger Limes.

The Melissa’s chefs have created a fiendishly clever collection of hauntingly delicious recipes for your Halloween entertaining. Don’t miss the Freaky Fruit Salad and the Dragon Egg Stew punch with cactus pears, apple cider, and rambutans.

Adults are part of the Halloween festivities, too, with the Zombie-rita. It’s a kiwano melon cocktail with tequila, Gran Marnier and a squeeze of lime.

All the easy-to-follow recipes and tips are @

Our resident produce authority Robert Schueller (also known as the Prince of Produce) provides the fun & squishy facts on Freaky Fruits for inspired Halloween entertaining.

Show 328, June 15, 2019: Liko Lehua Butters with Matt & Dawn Kaneali’i – Kleinfelder

Matthew Kaneali'i of Liko Lehua ButtersLiko Lehua Butters, a line of Hawaii-made (with a splash of Aloha,) gourmet butters flavored with tropical Island fruits, was started by two sisters in 1996. The butters are packed in glass jars and prepared in small batches to maintain strict quality control. The product line is all-natural without any preservatives or additives. Liko Lehua Butters is now under the watchful stewardship of the second generation of the founding Family.

Island flavors include, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Tahitian Lime, Coconut, Guava and Mango.

“Handcrafted in Hawaii & kissed with aloha…”

Great on pancakes and waffles. Spread on your favorite breads and toasts instead of butter or preserves. Add as a flavorful condiment to grilled meats, chicken and fish.

There is also a café, Liko Lehua at Pauahi located near the Hilo Airport on the Big Island.

You can feel confident ordering directly from Likio Lehua. The jars are meticulously packed with great care to ensure the product will arrive in pristine condition.

Principals Matt and Dawn Kaneali’i join us to spread the aloha.

Show 152, December 26, 2015: Robert Schueller, Resident Produce Authority, Melissa’s / World Variety Produce Part One

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioThere is just never enough time to keep up with our always informative resident produce guru, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. We’ll pick up where we left off in his last report just before Thanksgiving.

Looking ahead Robert will also share his Top 5 Produce Trends for the New Year. You will be surprised…

Number 5 is Brussels Sprouts. Number 4 is Passion Fruit. Number 3 is Tumeric which is gaining popularity outside of the Indian community for its health benefits. Number 2 is Mini-Cucumbers previously known (and ignored) as Persian cucumbers. Topping the charts at Number 1 is Sweet Young Coconuts primarily used from their fresh coconut water.