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Archive for April, 2011

Produce Matters! 4.25.11

Eat This Now! This Week in Produce at Earl’s.

Spring is HERE! Lots of new items! We’ve got the start of the Spring crop CA Avocados. We just came off one of the largest California Avocado Crops, so remember this new fruit will have lower oil than it did about a month ago. New crop has lower oil content but has excellent flavor; as it matures and stays on the tree the oil content will come up. Spring brings Fuerte Avocado’s. We’ve got some lovely smooth skinned Fuerte’s from Stehly. Their creamy texture and lovely pale green color have superb flavor. In addition to tasting great, it also aids in circulation, lowers cholesterol, dilates blood vessels and acts as an all around anti-oxidant.

PEAS! We’ve got Snaps and English from Tutti Frutti in Lompoc, CA. Snaps are a combination of English and Snow Peas and contain the best traits of both: Crisp, tender pods that enclose plump, round peas. English are a perfect treat for an on the go snack, the easy to peel pods reveal a real spring sweet treat!

Tutti Frutti also has Zucchini, Dino and Green Kale available. Check out all the bounty that Tutti Frutti has to offer. We work exclusively with this grower for good reason, he does a wonderful job and you can taste it in everything he grows.

New Crop Potatoes are also in from Tomorrow’s Organic- California grown! We have Red and Gold. They’ve got great color and are very clean. New crop potatoes cook faster than their stored counterparts and also have a much richer flavor. They don’t need to cook as long and don’t need as much seasoning-perfect for the grill!

The Easter Bunny brought us lovely Rhubarb from the Pacific Northwest. It pairs well with the abundant supply of Strawberries we’ve been having and will continue to have. Strawberries and Rhubarb display well with each other, great as a duo in pies, jams and chutneys…the possibilities are endless. Expect some major Mother’s Day promotions from us on Strawberries!

In Blueberry news, we’re continuing with Blues from Forbidden and the quality continues to be excellent. If you haven’t tried these gems, do NOT miss out!

An Organic Conversation – What’s in Season with Earl Herrick!

Hear Earl on An Organic Conversation! Download the podcast or listen online and get the dirt on pineapple, mangoes, bananas, and cherimoyas! Originally aired on April 9th 2011

http://www.helgehellberg.com/1707/whats-in-season-with-earl-herrick-2/

California Avocados

The new crop California avocado season is just starting to get some volume/momentum now, even though the new crop season started at the beginning of the year. Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family. California produces about 90 percent of the nation’s avocado crop with San Diego County producing 60 percent of all the avocados grown in California. There are about 6,000 avocado growers in California; the average grove size being around 10 acres, stretching from San Diego to Santa Cruz/Watsonville area. There are seven varieties of avocados grown commercially in California, with the Hass as the most popular, accounting for approximately 95 percent of the total crop volume. The number of California avocado groves becoming certified organic is increasing annually, so depending on Mother Nature’s cycles organic avocados can be found all year long.

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