4th Fruit Delivery: July 27th, 28th, and 30th, 2011

This week we have nectarines, pluots, apricots, blueberries, grapes, and cherries.

White Nectarinesare from Made in Nature in CA. Nectarines are fuzzless peaches, and those with white flesh 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 in refrigerator.

Ranier Cherries

Sugar Jewel Pluots are from Twin Girls Farm in CA, family started, owned and operated since 1993. Sugar Jewels are red with a green hue and yellow flesh. They have a high sugar content as their name implies. Pluots are a hybrid mix of plum and apricot, which predominantly retains the characteristics and flavor of a plum with slight apricot undertones. They are ripe when they give under gentle pressure; avoid keeping near ethylene-producing fruits and vegetables.

Apricots are from Stemilt Farms in WA. Its farmer was a key player in developing the tree fruit market and was the driving force in bringing Washington fruit to the global marketplace. Apricots originally come from China, and made their way across Europe and finally into California, where they were grown in the Spanish missions. Ripe apricots should be refrigerated. To ripen firm fruit, hold at room temperature or place in a paper bag with an apple or banana.

Blueberries are from Blueberry Heritage Farms in Holland, Michigan! Fresh Midwestern blueberries are in their prime from June to August. In terms of U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries. Keep blueberries refrigerated, unwashed, in a rigid container covered with clear wrap. They’re highly perishable so try to use asap.

Red Seedless Grapes are from Rucker Homestead in Thermal, CA. Grapes don’t ripen off the vine. They’re very delicate and need to be handled carefully. Refrigerate them dry in a plastic bag. Never wash them until you’re ready to eat – moisture will make them deteriorate very quickly. Grapes will last up to a week properly stored in the refrigerator, but it’s best to eat them as soon as possible.

Rainier Cherries are from Spencer Fruit Organics in Wenatchee, WA, started in 1912 by an immigrant couple from Nova Scotia. In the 1980’s before the organic boom, Spencer Fruit pioneered many of the techniques that are contributing to the world-wide success of organic agriculture today. Rainiers are a premium cherry and really special! A cross between the Bing and Van cultivars, they’re sweet, large cherries with creamy-yellow flesh, and are also known as ‘white cherries.’ Brown spots or scuffing on the surface indicates high sugar content. About 1/3 of a Rainier cherry orchard’s crop is eaten by birds. Store unwashed cherries in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, and wash just before eating. Eat quickly!

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