1st Fruit Delivery: June 15, 16, and 18, 2011

Welcome to your Angelic Organics Fruit Share! This week we have Avocadoes, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit, Oranges, Apples, Apricots, Strawberries, Nectarines, and Raspberries.

Avocadoes this week are from Stehly Farms Organics, 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).

Fuji Apples

Lemons and Limes will stay fresh at room temperature for a week or so, but then need to stay in the fridge.

Fuji Apples are from South Organic Fruit, imported for the best quality due to time of season. TheFuji is the most extensively planted apple variety worldwide. Crossing the Red Delicious with the Ralls Janet resulted in the Fuji apple. It has a yellow green color with red highlights to mostly red, outstanding juiciness, a crisp texture, and a complex sweet but tart taste giving it a wonderful flavor. To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator.

Grapefruit this week is from Kitahara Farms in CA. The grapefruit is a hybrid of pomelo and sweet orange. The segmented, acidic flesh varies in color from white, pink and red pulps of varying sweetness. Store grapefruit at room temperature, or for longer periods in the refrigerator’s crisper.

Valencia Orangesare from Corona-College Heights (CCH) Citrus in California, which has a very long (9-10 months) Valencia season. Valencias are the world’s most important commercial variety, and the success of this crop in Southern California led to the naming of Orange County, California. The name ‘Valencia Orange’ comes from the city of Valencia, Spain, known through history for its sweet orange trees. 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.

Apricots are from Blossom Hill Packing in CA, a family run business specializing in apricots for 35 years. 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.

Strawberries come from Drisoll’s in CA, a family owned and run business that began growing strawberries in 1904. Store unwashed strawberries in the refrigerator.

Yellow Nectarines typically have an acidic tang coupled with sweetness, though this varies greatly. Nectarines are fuzzless peaches. Nectarines will sometimes appear on peach trees, and peaches sometimes appear on nectarine trees! It is impossible to tell which seeds from nectarine trees will produce nectarine bearing trees, so commercial growers take branches which produce nectarines and graft them onto peach trees; the branches will continue to produce nectarines. Once ripe, nectarines will keep in the coldest part of your refrigerator for 5 days at most. Store in a plastic bag.

Raspberries are fragrantly sweet with a subtly tart overtone and almost-melt-in-your-mouth texture. They are extremely perishable, and will only keep, unwashed, in the refrigerator for a couple days. They also freeze very well.

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