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This week we have grapes, pluots, oranges, strawberries, pears, and apples.

Red Grapes are from Sogomonian Ranch, the same grower as the Champagne Grapes last delivery. 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.

Flavor King Pluots are from Twin Girls Ranch in Reedly, CA. This is a taste test winner. It is a unique plum-apricot hybrid with a remarkable, spicy bouquet and flavor. The fruit has a reddish-purple skin and sweet red flesh. They are ripe when they give under gentle pressure; avoid keeping near ethylene-producing fruits and vegetables.

Gala Apples are from Viva Tierra, Sedro-Wolley, WA. Galas are a superb dessert apple, excellent for fresh eating and baking. Most Gala apples are yellow-gold with pink to red stripes, while some Gala strains may be nearly solid red. To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator.

Valencia Oranges are from Sespe Creek Organics in California. 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.

Strawberries are from JW Farms in CA. The  strawberry grower is very particular about not picking unripe berries.  As a result they have superior flavor, but should be eaten right away.  These are not storage berries! Strawberries have a taste that varies by cultivar, and ranges from quite sweet to rather tart. Strawberries are an important commercial fruit crop, widely grown in all temperate regions of the world. Don’t wash the berries until you’re ready to eat them, and store in a covered dish in the refrigerator.

Bartlett Pears this week are from Viva Tierra, Sedro-Wolley, WA, too. Bartletts are usually a medium to large fruit with a classic pear shape. Bartletts ripen to bright yellow and give off a lovely aroma. Sweet and juicy, the Bartlett is perfect for eating out of hand but is also an excellent canning pear.

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