3rd Fruit Delivery: July 13th, 14th, and 16th, 2011
This week we bring you Avocadoes, Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Mangoes, Kiwi, Apples, Plums, Nectarines, and a Coconut.
Hass Avocadoes are from Stehly Farms in southern CA. Avocadoes are a smooth, silky addition to a variety of foods. A little known fact is that avocadoes never ripen until after picked. Store at room temperature until ripe, and monitor daily to check for ripeness (gives slightly to a gentle press).
Lemons are from Twin Girl Farm in CA, family started, owned and operated since 1993.
Limes are from Patagonia Orchards, an organic grower, packer and shipper based in Rio Rico, Arizona.
Valencia Oranges are from Royal Pacific and Twin Girl Farms. Valencias are excellent juicers. Store oranges in a cool place outside the refrigerator and try to eat them within a few days. If you need to keep them longer, refrigerate in a plastic bag or in the vegetable crisper section of the refrigerator.
Kent Mangoes are from Patagonia Orchards. Kent Mangoes are one of the best varieties available in the States. Known for their fiber-less flesh, they are often misjudged as being unripe because they don’t show as much color as other varieties when ripe. Close your eyes and choose Mangoes by their give to gentle pressure, not their color. If not fully ripe, allow mangoes to ripen at room temperature in a paper bag. Once ripe, mangoes can be stored in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Kiwis are from Zespri Organic. The fruit should be firm, but not rock hard. Though most people prefer to peel the hairy, rough skin (or scoop the flesh out with a spoon) the skin is edible. Store at room temperature till ripe, then refrigerate.
Pink Lady Apples, also known as Cripps, are grown by Viva Tierra Organics in the American Northwest. This is a hybrid of the Australian apple Lady Williams with a Golden Delicious, combining the best features of both apples. Pink Ladies are both sweet and crisp.
Santa Rosa Plums used to be the gold standard of California plum growing, taste, and texture, but now they are more commonly found in farmer’s markets, as commercial interests have opted for firmer, bigger fruit. Once they’re ripened at room temperature, store rich and tangy Santa Rosas in the refrigerator.
White Nectarines typically are very sweet with little acidity (while yellow-fleshed ones typically have an acidic tang coupled with sweetness — though this also varies greatly). Once ripe, nectarines will keep in the coldest part of your refrigerator for 5 days at most. Store in a plastic bag.
Coconuts are from Patagonia Orchards as well. They are one of the most protected nuts out there! You’ll need some strength, and possibly this helpful website for helpful opening and storage instructions: http://www.howtoopenacoconut.com/