Monthly Archives: April 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Information

Cherries are one of the most anticipated fruits of summer. Our cherries are plump, bite-sized jewels with a sweet, rich flavor. Because of our location near the southern end of California’s cherry-growing region, we are able to bring you the first cherries of the summer.

 

 

 

Availability

Early California cherry season is short but sweet! See Availability Chart for details.

 

Brooks: 2nd week of May – late May

Large, deep red fruit, brighter red on stem end. Flesh is firm with shades of red and pink. Round and plump shape with approx. 1 1/2″ stems

 

Tulare: Mid May – 2nd week of June

Heart-shaped, bright red with approx. 2″ stems. Firm flesh is sweet with red/pink color.

 

Royal Rainier: Late May – mid June

Soft yellow with splashes of red/pink blush. Delicate, sweet flavored yellow/white flesh. Large, round and symmetrical with approx 1 ½” stems.

 

Bing: early June – late June

Deep, uniform, mahogany-colored skin and flesh. Rich, sweet and intensely flavored. Round and plump shape with approx. 2″ stems

 

 

 

Nutrition Information

Like many other dark-colored fruits and vegetables, cherries pack a powerful nutritional punch. The phytonutrients contained in cherries are thought to aid in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers. In addition, cherries contain anthocyanins which have been shown to block inflammatory enzymes, reducing the pain caused by arthritis and similar conditions.

 

Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; good source of vitamin C; good source of potassium.

 

Selection and Storage

Look for cherries that are plump and firm with no signs of shriveling of softness. Store cherries in the refrigerator and rinse them with water just prior to eating.

 

 

 

 

Selection and Storage

Look for plump medium to large berries with uniform dark coloring. Avoid berries that look dry, shriveled or juicy. Blueberries should always be refrigerated until ready to eat. Rinse berries with cold water just prior to eating.

 

General Information

We may not be the biggest, but with one taste we think you’ll agree- we’re probably the best when it comes to growing blueberries. We did our homework and planted only the most flavorful varieties available.

 

Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America. They are also known as the only naturally blue food item. Ripe blueberries are deep indigo blue in color with a grayish looking natural waxy coating called bloom. The bloom is nature’s way of protecting the blueberries from external moisture while keeping them juicy and plump on the inside. The flesh of a blueberry is surprisingly green.

 

 

 

Availability

Our location in California produces some of the first U.S.-grown blueberries available each spring. Harvest begins in mid-April and lasts through early June. See Availability Chart for details.

 

 

 

Nutrition Information

The good news just keeps coming regarding the health benefits of eating blueberries. They are probably best known for their high antioxidant content. Based on data from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (Boston, MA), blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity.  Using a test called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), researchers have shown that a serving of fresh blueberries provided more antioxidant activity than many other fresh fruits and vegetables. 

 

Other areas of research where blueberries are yielding exciting discoveries include:

 

  • Prevention of age-related loss of memory and motor skills

  • Prevention of cancer and heart disease

  • Prevention of urinary tract infections

  • Reduction of belly fat


 

 

 

 

General Information

Yellow flesh peaches and nectarines are traditional summertime favorites. Sugar and acid in the fruit are responsible for the harmonious flavor balance of sweet and tangy. Many of our new varieties of yellow nectarines have lower acid levels, similar to white flesh varieties. This gives them an even sweeter flavor while still retaining a bit of the acid for that traditional flavor.

 

 

 

Availability

Yellow peaches and nectarines are available from late April through October. See Availability Chart.

 

 

 

Nutrition Information

Yellow peaches and nectarines are low fat; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; good source of vitamin C.

 

 

 

Selection and Storage

The amount of red color on the skin is not an indication of ripeness and can vary greatly from variety to variety. Look for a yellow/orange background color with no green. An insiders tip on how to select the sweetest nectarines: Look for the “sugar spots.” This is an indication the fruit is so loaded with sugar it’s essentially crystallizing on the skin. Storage at home depends on how you prefer to eat them and how ripe they were when you bought them. The temperature of home refrigerators can actually damage the eating quality of firm peaches and nectarines, turning them dry and mushy. If you prefer them crisp, refrigerate. The fruit will remain at that stage and can be refrigerated for around a week. Soft, ripe fruit can be refrigerated without damaging the eating quality.

 

 

How to select the sweetest nectarines:

Look for:

The “sugar spots” – This is an indication the fruit is so loaded with sugar, it’s essentially crystallizing on the skin.

 

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