Welcome to the 9th Fruit Delivery of 2014; Oct 8, 9, 10 & 11
This week’s box is full of sweet, crunchy and juicy fruit. It is so satisfying you’ll probably be able to reduce the amount of food and calories you typically eat. Each piece of fruit has under 100 calories – and with all the fiber, minerals, vitamins and water you can’t go wrong. Carry these incredibly portable fruit with you and see how easy it is to snack healthy throughout the day.
Here are some of the reason pears are so great for you. Pears contain two of three antioxidants thatthat are thought to decrease risk of type 2 diabetes. Pears contain more fiber than almost all other fruits, with 22% of your recommended daily intake. They also contain about 12% of your recommended daily vitamin C. They are a good source of vitamin B2, C, E, copper, and potassium. Pears contain more pectin than apples, which helps keep your cholesterol levels in check. Fresh pears are considered “hypo-allergenic” because people with food allergies can often enjoy pears without having a reaction. They are low glycemic, which means the carbs in pears are slow to convert to sugar – so you don’t get a sugar high and crash, which can wreak havoc on your body.
Everett Myers, Founder and President of FruitShare™
In your box
Honeycrisp and Ambrosia apples
Red D’Anjou, Concorde and Asian pears
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. Store your grapes in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Only wash them right before you eat them, as moisture can contribute to molding. If the grapes arrive damp take them out of their package and dry them off with a paper towel and then put them back in their bag and refrigerate.
What It Takes
This week’s Honeycrisp and Ambrosia apples, along with the Concorde and Asian pears are from the Stennes family. Like many of our organic growers, the Stennes family farm in Washington’s Cascade Mountains is a family affair. The farm began in 1894, when the Stennes family emmigrated from Norway and planted apple trees on their homestead. Now, Keith is joined by his twin sons, Mark and Kevin to make up the third and fourth generations of Stennes farmers. They have grown the orchard to include not just apples, but also cherries, pluots, plums, and of course, pears. This week they’ve provided some great pears. Concordes are known for their sweetness and juiciness, as well as their tall, beautiful shape. They have yellow-green skin, and can be eaten while crisp, making them a unique variety because you don’t need to wait for them to fully soften! If you do like a softer pear you can wait until they fully soften, by “Checking the Neck”, and you will enjoy all the complex juicy flavor they have to offer. 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. Remember to “check the neck”. When they give to thumb pressure at the stem end they will be fully sweet and juicy. Asian pears are more like an apple. They are crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside and ready to eat.
The Crimson grapes this week are from Three Sisters Farm, owned by Joe and Johnni. Located near Fresno, CA, they use beneficial grasses and flowers – especially poppies – as cover crops, making their vineyard exceptionally beautiful. Three Sisters has been certified organic since 1981, but even before Joe and Johnni began farming, Joe’s parents owned the farm. Some of the vines are over 80 years old!
Health and Wellness
It’s that time of year, and it seems like the flu and some nasty colds are making the rounds. Never fear, FruitShare is here! Eating at least five servings of fruits (1 of our apples and pears is actually 3 servings) and vegetables per day is a great way to stay healthy. Fruit provides essential vitamins and nutrients that keep your body and immune system strong. Incorporating fruit into your daily diet is easy. Simply keep a bowl of pears out on the table or counter, grab them for snacks or send them to school in your kids’ lunches. Add pears to your dinners by slicing them into salads, or serving them sliced for dessert. These sweet treats can help prepare your body’s immune system to fight against colds and the flu, so you can get right back out there to enjoy all the good that fall has to offer.
Pear, Greens, Parmesan and Walnut Salad
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon dry Sherry
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 cups of mixed baby greens or spinach (about 4 ounces)
1 cup fresh Parmesan shavings (about 2 ounces)
1 large firm Bosc pear, peeled, halved, cored, cut crosswise into thin slices (about 8 ounces)
1/3 cup walnuts, toasted (about 1 1/2 ounces)
1 shallot, peeled, thinly sliced
Whisk mustard, Sherry, and red wine vinegar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually add oil, whisking until well blended. Season dressing with salt and pepper.
Toss greens, Parmesan, pear, walnuts, and shallot in large bowl to combine. Toss with enough dressing to coat. Divide among plates and serve.
Courtesy of bonappetit.com