Fruit

HarvestClub Exotica: Saucer Peaches and White Nectarines

HarvestClub Exotica: Saucer Peaches and White Nectarines

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Both of these tempting beauties have super sweet white flesh that makes for a lovely summer snack. Prized for their appearance and original flavor, they’re often more expensive than their traditional counterparts.

Find the Exotica lineup here!

Saucer Peaches

Also referred to as a donut peach or a Saturn peach, Saucer Peaches are squat, freestone peaches with an indentation in the middle that suggests the shape of a donut. The flesh is white and generally higher in sugar content than that of a yellow peach, so you get that much more sweetness per bite. The skin is a creamy yellow with red or magenta blush and is generally less fuzzy than a traditional peach.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

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Father’s Day is in one week, and what better way to celebrate the Dad in your life then with food. Summer is an exciting time for fruit with the arrival of Cherries, Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums. But don’t forget the snacks! The Fruit Company also has a wide selection of cheese gifts, crackers, sausage, smoked salmon, and more. If you are having trouble deciding which amazing gift to send, here is a helpful guide for Father’s Day gifting.

Golden Supreme Apples

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The Golden is one of the most popular and enduring apple varieties worldwide, and for just cause. Tasting mellow and sweet with a gentle tang, its slightly crisp texture and striking pale yellow color have garnered many lifelong fans. It can be difficult to find a perfect Golden as they are thin skinned and bruise very easily. Your best bet is enjoying one soon after harvest, when they are bursting with a warm and agreeable flavor and crispness.

The Start of Spring

The Start of Spring

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Spring in the Hood River Valley means two things: orchards full of delicate blossoms and the inevitable frosts that threaten them. Weather monitoring allows fruit growers to keep a closer eye on the temperature during this time of year, and if at night it dips below freezing alarms will sound and people rush into the orchards to protect the sensitive blooms. For decades the main line of defense was diesel-fueled smudge pots that are placed amongst the trees and used to chase away the cold. In more recent years gigantic fans can also be used to push the rising warm air back to the earth and displace the cold drafts.

Winter in the Orchards

Winter in the Orchards

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As winter spreads snow throughout the orchards here in the Hood River Valley, it’s easy to see the beginning of the growth process starting. All the leaves of last year disappear between a fresh layer of snow that covers even the deepest tractor rut. The year starts new and with it the cycle begins for these fruit trees.
Winter has a way of doing that. It’s the start of a new year which means new possibilities, experiences, and simply put, life moves forward. We hope you have a wonderful winter and wish you the best in your journey through all that this wonderful new year holds for you.

Soup: Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

Soup: Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

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As many cooks know, having too many sous chefs or people just browsing the kitchen can get more than a little distracting, especially on Christmas Day. To give you time to clean up after the Christmas morning tornado and the oh so delicious starter dishes [link to crostini], you send the restless crowd outside to keep them occupied while you baste the turkey [link to turkey]. Before long, snowballs are flying, angels dot the yard, and little cheeks begin to turn bright red. Exhausted, cold, the activities are once again drawn indoors where piping hot Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish awaits.

Starter: Balsamic-Glazed Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini with Hot Spiced Apple-Pear Cider

Starter: Balsamic-Glazed Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini with Hot Spiced Apple-Pear Cider

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Everyone has their own memories and traditions for Christmas morning. For our family it begins by waking up to the aroma of freshly baked coffee cake topped with strawberries. Outside, the frost, or sometimes snow, glistens in the dawn’s first light as we gather around the fireplace and open stockings. The morning is a bustling mix of stretching, yawning, and wide eyed wonderment that is only finished when every stocking has been opened and every gift unwrapped. As noon arrives, the attention once again turns to food, and the smell of the upcoming Christmas feast fills the house. To stave off the voracious, albeit still joyous crowd you present the starters; Balsamic-Glazed Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini and Hot Spiced Apple-Pear Cider.