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Here are some of the reason pears are so great for you. Pears contain two of three antioxidants that 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.

Enjoy the fruit your brain will thank you. Everett Myers, Founder and President of FruitShare™

In Your Box: Honeycrisp apples, Black grapes, Asian pears and Bartlett pears

Storage and Ripening
Keep all of the fruit in the refrigerator. Black grapes are more delicate and should be refrigerated and enjoyed first. Only wash your grapes before eating them as moisture can lead to mold. Sometimes a split grape will create extra moisture in the bag or clamshell and cause a spot of mold. If this happens, take them out of the bag immediately; remove the fruit that caused the issue and wash the fruit. Dry them off by placing them on a paper towel and then refrigerate them again. Your Honeycrisp apples and Kosui Asian pears will keep for at least 2 weeks in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Keep the Bartlett pears on the counter. They will be ready to eat when they give to thumb pressure near the stem “check the neck”. Bartlett pears will usually turn yellow when they are at their juiciest.

What It Takes
This week’s Honeycrisp apples, Kosui Asian pears and Bartlett 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 emigrated 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. The Bartlett pears are the classically pear-shaped fruit in the box with green to yellow-green skin. As they ripen, they turn from bright green to nearly all yellow. Remember to “check the neck”. When they give to thumb pressure at the stem end they will be fully sweet and juicy. The Asian pears can be eaten like an apple. Keep them in the refrigerator and enjoy them crisp and juicy.

David Bedford of the University of Minnesota developed the Honeycrisp apples with good old fashioned cross breeding over 20 years ago. It is the most popular apple we know of for eating fresh. It’s crisp sweet and tart combination along with the juicy crunch makes it a favorite. Bedford says that studied under an electron microscope, Honeycrisp cells are twice the size of other apples, which accounts for their unique, pleasing texture. The cells fill up with natural sugar water which makes them delicious even to the core. We try to get you as many Honeycrisp as we can every year, but they are always limited and their season is short so enjoy them while they last. If you want more we do sell them by the straight box as well. They are great for eating out of hand but if you’re so inclined they make fantastic applesauce too. Keep all your apples in the coolest part of your refrigerator to keep them crisp.

The Autumn Royal grapes in your box are a seedless variety known for sweet translucent flesh, and thick black skin that has a waxy bloom. They are grown by, 85 year old, Pete Wolf on his orchard with the catchy name of Wolf Pack. This little farm has been certified for 30 years now, and the only things more exciting than their name, are their grapes!

Enjoy the grapes. The season will soon switch to Crimson grapes for the final variety of the year and then we will have to wait until June 2016 to see sweet California grapes.

Health and Wellness
Great news! Eating the apples and pears in your box this week could help decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes – especially for women. It is known that certain antioxidants called flavonoids can help improve insulin sensitivity. There are three types of flavonoids that scientists are particularly interested in, and pears include two of them. While eating these antioxidants has been connected to decreased risk of type 2 diabetes in both men and women, a new analysis of the Nurses’ Health Study shows that the combination of flavonoids in apples and pears has the most consistent association with lower risk of diabetes. So dig in. This week’s box might as well be called the Flavonoid Box.

I grew up enjoying this recipe. It is great for breakfast straight or as a topping on oatmeal, pancakes or waffles. In the evening it is a delicious dessert and it makes a great topping for vanilla ice cream if you really want to indulge.

Cinnamon Sautéed Apples & Pears
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 apples—peeled, cored and sliced 1/3 inch thick
2 pears—peeled, cored and sliced 1/3 inch thick
2 tablespoons light brown sugar (experiment you may be able to use less)
Pinch of cinnamon

In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the apple and pear slices and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes longer. Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight and rewarm before serving.

Courtesy of foodandwine.com

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