FAQs

Q1. Where is your fruit grown?

A1. All of our fruit is grown in California. U.S. laws require all food products, including fresh produce to be labeled with the country of origin. For more information on our farms, visit the growing location section of our website. 

Q2. Where can I buy your products?

A2. Our products are sold at fine grocery retailers throughout the U.S., Canada and many parts of Asia and Mexico. If you would like to email or call us, we’d be happy to direct you to a grocery store in your area.

Q3. I recently ate one of your peaches. It had the number 4401 on it. Can you tell me what kind of peach that was?

A3. The number on the sticker is called a PLU code. PLU stands for Price Look Up. This is the code that the checker keys in so you are charged the right price for the right product. In this example, 4401 means simply Large White Peach. It is often impossible to know the exact variety once the fruit is removed from the shipping box and placed on the retail display.

Q4. Can I buy a tree from you? I would love to have my own plumcot tree.

A4. Unfortunately, we don’t have trees available for sale. Not every fruit tree will grow in every part of the country. The best thing to do would be visit a reputable nursery in your area. Tell them what you would like and they can usually special order for you for planting during the fall or winter.  

Q5. I’ve heard that white peaches and nectarines are easier on your stomach if you are bothered by acidic foods. Why is that?

A5. White peaches and nectarines are naturally lower in acid than their yellow counterparts. This is what gives them their distinctive sweet taste. They may not always have higher sugar levels than yellow flesh, but without the acid, the sweetness becomes the dominant flavor. Many people do find that these very low acid fruits are much easier to eat.

Q6. Are plumcots and apriums genetically modified?

A6. Not at all. While they do contain genetic traits of both their plum and apricot “parents” the process is achieved through 100% natural cross pollination.

 

Q7. Is your fruit organic?

A7. It is not certified organic, but in many cases it does come close. We practice what is known as “Integrated Pest Management.” This means that we use natural methods to prevent pests from finding their way into our orchards. If pest elimination should become necessary, we use the softest product possible and one that only targets the specified pest.

Q8. I found a few seeds in what was supposed to be a seedless mandarin. How is this possible?

A8. Seedless varieties of mandarins are able to produce fruit without the blossoms being pollinated. However, if a bee visits the flower of a seedless mandarin, and that bee happens to spread pollen from a compatible variety of citrus, a seed may develop in that piece of fruit. Great care is taken to locate seedless groves away from other varieties of citrus but the occasional pollination will still happen.

Q9. Are blueberries supposed to be green inside?

A9. Yes. A fully ripe blueberry will be dark blue on the outside and green on the inside.

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