12th Fruit Delivery Nov 19 – 23, 2013

Enjoy this mixed cranberry, apple and pear box over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We are so thankful to share this beautiful gift of nature with you.  Many thoughtful hands make it possible to savor the seasons.

I wish you and yours a peaceful and restful time with those closest to you.

Please note if you are looking for the perfect gift this holiday, we will pack and deliver delicious organic fruit to your friends and family. We ship year-round to the lower 48 states!

We have added a Labels2learn.com postcard. FruitShare™ is giving .25 per box to your favorite school. We are strong supporters of kids and education and we believe this is a great vehicle to partner with our customers to give to their favorite schools.

Thanks for your support of organic orchards.

Everett Myers, Founder and President of FruitShare™

In your box

Honeycrisp apples

Asian pears

Concorde pears

Bosc pears

Granny Smith apples

Cranberries

Rio Star grapefruit

Storage and Ripening

Take all of your pears out of the box right away. Store them on the counter at room temperature. Test ripeness by checking the neck, or pressing gently on the pear near the stem. When the pear gives to gentle thumb pressure, the pear will be juicy and soft. This is the best way to check pears because they ripen from the inside out, and pressing near the stem gets you closer to the center of the fruit. Remember that pears are an ethylene-producing fruit; that means that they naturally produce a gas that will make them ripen faster. If you want to ripen up your pears quickly, put a few in a paper bag to trap the gas.  Once they give to thumb pressure you can refrigerate them, which lets you enjoy them over a longer period of time.  Keep the apples and Asian pears in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator to keep them fresh for several weeks. Grapefruit should also be kept in the refrigerator to keep the skin from drying out.

What It Takes

We are so excited to bring you some of the first Rio Star grapefruit of the season! The incredibly sweet and juicy Rio Star Grapefruits are some of the most popular citrus we have all season. Kids and adults alike will love them for breakfast or at any time of day! Dennis and Linda grew these Rio Stars on their citrus grove in Texas. Dennis purchased his father’s farm in 1984 and immediately transferred to organic production. He was instrumental in helping the USDA develop organic standards for citrus fruit. In 2002, Dennis was appointed to the National Organic Standards Board. Besides his vast amount of knowledge, Dennis simply has the best grapefruit we’ve ever tasted. My kids call them “greatfruit” and don’t understand why their friends put sugar on their grapefruit. You sure don’t need sugar to make these grapefruits taste sweet and delicious!

The fresh cranberries in your box are grown and packed by Dan near Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Dan is one of the premiere growers of organic cranberries, and it shows in the high quality of each berry. Like some of our favorite growers, Dan used to farm conventionally, using chemicals like pesticides and herbicides. One day while spraying his crops, Dan’s protective suit tore, exposing him to chemicals. When he returned to his house, his young daughter was waiting to give him a hug, but he had to tell her to stay away, because he didn’t want to transfer the chemicals to her. After that, Dan knew it was time to switch to organic farming. He did not want to worry about exposing his family to the dangers of pesticides. Since converting the farm to organic practices, he says they have seen the marsh transform into an ecosystem. Now, they hear insects at night and see frogs and animals all day long.  The cranberries make a wonderful tangy cranberry sauce, as well as adding zing to pancakes, muffins and sweet breads. They also freeze well, if you would like to enjoy them out of season. Cranberries grow on long vines in wet areas. The vines have a very long life, and can produce fruit for 100 years or more!

The Stewart brothers provided the Yoinashi variety of Asian pears this week. Asian pears are crispier and even juicier than other varieties of pears. My kids like to call them “juice boxes!” The Stewarts orchard is situated near Hood River, Oregon and is one of the most beautiful orchards you’ll ever see, with Mount Hood as a backdrop and the Columbia River flowing just below the orchard. Ronny and Jimmy really know what it means to protect the environment. The brothers have been working on the family farm near Hood River since they were children.  They have found that one of the best things to do is create a natural loop in the production process. They do this by composting cast-off fruit and peels, then using the composted material to keep the soil rich and fertile. It’s a sustainable way to reduce waste and keep the farm running properly so they can continue growing outstanding fruit.

The Bosc and Concorde pears, and the Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples are from the Stennes family.  Concordes are known for their sweetness and juiciness, as well as their tall, beautiful shape. The yellow-green skin, and can be eaten while crisp, making them a unique variety because you don’t need to wait for them to soften! I prefer then when they give to slight pressure.  They are at their juiciest and sweetest at this time.  Concorde pears are perfectly suited for slicing on a cheese plate or into a fresh salad because they don’t turn brown when sliced like most pears. Bosc pears are a distinctive variety with a crunchy-yet-tender flesh and sweet, spiced flavor. Don’t be deterred by their brown skin: the flesh is firm and spicier than other varieties. Bosc pears are more flavorful earlier in the ripening process. Enjoy their complex, sweet flavor before they have fully softened. When you test your Bosc pears to check their ripeness, keep in mind that their flesh is denser than other varieties. This means that when you “check the neck,” it will not give as much to pressure. Don’t wait around for these pears to get super soft; they’re ready to enjoy while they’re still nice and firm. Because of this firm flesh, Bosc pears are great for baking, broiling and poaching. Their strong flavor is also less likely to be overwhelmed by spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. The Honeycrisp apples continue to be outstanding this year, with crisp texture and that characteristic sweet-tart flavor that makes them so popular. And the green Granny Smith apples are another popular variety that add a great pop of color – and a nice tart flavor – to this week’s box.  Granny Smith are perfect for baking and of course caramel apples.

Health and Wellness

Did you know that cranberries are a super food? They are chock-full of antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber and they only have about 45 calories in a cup. According to WebMD, “cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries.” In fact, cranberries outrank all other fruits and veggies except for blueberries in terms of antioxidant content! It’s just another great reason (other than the delicious flavor, of course!) to enjoy plenty of cranberries this fall. They’ll help you stay healthy all through the holidays!

Recipe

Sugarless Cranberry Sauce

1 clamshell of fresh cranberries

1/4 cup pineapple juice or orange juice (I recommend pineapple!)

1/4 cup of applesauce (no sugar added)

1/4 cup of water

juice and zest of 1/2 orange

1-2 Tablespoons of honey or to taste (optional)

Put cranberries, pineapple juice, applesauce and water in a sauce pan and and bring to a boil. Keep on medium heat, stirring constantly until the cranberries start to explode (about 10-15 minutes). Reduce to a simmer and pour the juice and zest over the cranberry mixture. Simmer 10-15 minutes and remove from heat. Cool completely and store in fridge at least 4 hours but preferably overnight before serving.

NOTE: This is not as sweet as store versions! Taste at the end of cooking. It is naturally sweet from the fruit juice and applesauce but you can add more honey or stevia to taste if needed.

Courtesy of wellnessmama.com

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