Welcome to the 2nd Fruit Delivery of 2014; week of July 1

 In Fruit News

I eagerly await the blueberries every year. When they arrive I find myself eating 2-3 pints in a day.  I never feel guilty because with only 226 calories in an entire pint, I know the nutritional value of “super blues” which, with loads of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber, will serve me well.  Compared to any nutrition bar I choose blueberries. This weekend I’ll be riding in the Lutsen 99er mountain bike race in northern Minnesota, and I’ll be pre-fueling for the race with blueberries and providing blueberries for all the racers as recovery food as well. They just can’t be beat. If you didn’t get enough blueberries today, you can order them by the full case for at least the next 2 weeks. Happy 4th of July!

To Your Health

Everett Myers, Founder of FruitShare™

 In Your Box 

Sweet Scarlet Grapes

Flavor Crest yellow peach

Honey Blaze nectarines

Show Time red plums

Red Raven black plums

Valencia oranges

Duke blueberries!!!

Storage and Ripening

Keep all of the fruit except the grapes, oranges and blueberries on the counter at room temperature. The stone fruit will be ready to eat when the flesh gives to gentle thumb pressure.  Some people like plums and nectarines more firm.  If this is the case for you, place them in the refrigerator and enjoy them firmer. Keep the grapes, oranges and blueberries in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Only wash your grapes and blueberries just before eating them, as moisture can lead to mold due to the high sugar content in these grapes and blueberries. Nectarines and peaches are great sliced up on anything for breakfast or you can slice them and place in a freezer bag to freeze.  You can also slice and freeze plums and peaches or whole grapes and even blueberries. After they are frozen, we like to use them in smoothies, no sugar necessary because they are so sweet on their own. Remember to check your fruit bowl every day and enjoy what is ready. Placing any of the fruit in the refrigerator will give you more days to enjoy it, but don’t forget about it – you want to enjoy each piece at its prime!

What It Takes

The blueberries are from our favorite blueberry farmer, Lou. At his farm in New Jersey, Lou and his wife, Liz, grow some of the best blueberries we’ve ever tasted. They are big, plump and very flavorful – you’ll notice the difference as soon as you eat just one! Lou and Liz’s farm is a busy hive of activity throughout the growing and harvesting season, and they don’t take the easy way out when it comes to farming. Organic growing practices require a lot of effort, and they like to be as hands-on as possible, which is why they have just a small team of workers. Lou and Liz truly have the best interests of their kids, employees and customers at heart. And we think that’s why they have some of the best blueberries we’ve ever tasted.

Mike Naylor has provided the gorgeous peaches and nectarines. The yellow peaches have the classic sweet-tangy peach flavor that is so popular in the summer months. Mike has been farming organically since 1990. He converted the farm to organic practices after inheriting the orchard from his father because he was concerned about the negative effects of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers on workers and in the water. Mike now allows visitors to come to his orchard and rent a house there! His fruit is so special because he picks and packs it directly in the field, so it is riper and sweeter than many other orchards. You’ll taste the difference in this week’s peaches and nectarines!

The Sweet Scarlet grapes this week are from Roy Rucker. He has a long history of organic farming. He has been farming his land at Rucker Homestead in the Coachella Valley of California since 1955. Besides his incredible seedless green grapes, Roy grows grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, blood oranges, lemons and tangelos. The Sweet Scarlet grapes are so good we gave you extra this week. Enjoy!

Dick Kauffman finds organic farming much more satisfying than conventional methods. He shares having volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps with FruitShare founder Everett Myers.  After years of farm management in the Napa area, Dick began his own orchard and switched over to organic growing methods in 1999. Now, he has 82 acres of delicious stone fruit, including the red and black plums in your box.

John at Sespe grows these incredibly juicy Valencia oranges that make the perfect cup of juice. Cut these in half with the stem and bottom ends facing the side (cross section) and squeeze into a class. These are so loaded with juice that one will fill the glass. Drink up directly or added to season a grilled dish or if you are so inclined a refreshing spritzer. Valencia’s are the rare summer orange and at their peak now.

Health and Wellness

Blueberries are known as the #1 superfood, and they are truly one of the healthiest foods you can find. They are low in calories, yet very high in nutrients your body needs to stay healthy – a term nutritionists call “nutrient dense.” Blueberries contain tons of antioxidants, which fight harmful by-products in your body called free radicals. Free radicals are thought to cause cancer and age-related diseases, and antioxidants help fight these conditions. Blueberries also help lower your cholesterol; in fact, the USDA found that blueberries can lower your cholesterol more effectively than prescription drugs, due to a special antioxidant called pterostilbene. Because of this, blueberries can be very helpful in preventing obesity and heart disease. Blueberries may also help improve your memory, concentration and balance. The antioxidants in blueberries also support the health of your eyes and eyesight. Preliminary research shows that blueberries can help protect against age-related deterioration in the brain such as short-term memory loss. There is even some evidence that blueberries may be able to help reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. No wonder blueberries are considered the master of superfoods! So eat up and enjoy – those tasty berries are doing much more than tickling your taste buds!

Recipe

Family Favorite Waffles with Peaches, Nectarines, Blueberries and Walnuts (GF too!)

This is a family favorite that we have modified again and again to suit dietary needs.  It works well gluten free and we have also tried varying amounts of ground flax seed (to keep the kids’ chagrin..).

1 cup flour (or GF flour and 1 tsp xanthan gum)

1 cup milk

1 tsp salt

3 T melted butter

3 eggs

3 tsp baking powder

½ cup walnuts

3-4 peaches, nectarines sliced

Plain Greek yogurt

Real Maple Syrup

Mix dry ingredients, add wet to dry, mix, let sit a few minutes, make waffles. Top with fresh peaches, nectarines, blueberries, walnuts, plain Greek yogurt and real maple syrup.
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