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Kiwi Berries

It is kiwi berry time again! The season is very short, end of September through the beginning of October, so you don’t want to miss out. Kiwi berries are a member of the Actinidia genus family, the same as a regular kiwi and have been described as a cousin of the kiwi we all know.  They taste exactly like a kiwi but they are about the size of a grape, fuzzless, with edible seeds and you just pop them whole into your mouth.  Kiwi berries are also known by the name hardy kiwi, artic kiwi or baby kiwi.

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Kiwi Berries Pop and Go!

It is kiwi berry time again! The season is very short, end of September through the beginning of October, so you don’t want to miss out. Kiwi berries are a member of the Actinidia genus family, the same as a regular kiwi and have been described as a cousin of the kiwi we all know.  They taste exactly like a kiwi but they are about the size of a grape, fuzzless, with edible seeds and you just pop them whole into your mouth.  Kiwi berries are also known by the name hardy kiwi, artic kiwi or baby kiwi.

Kiwi berries are native to China, Korea, and Russian Siberia, much like the kiwifruit.  It is a fast-growing, hardy, perennial vine, in need of a frost-free season of 150 days. Each vine can grow up to 20 feet in a single season! Because of their seasonal requirements, they are well suited for areas of the North East and North West, and in fact, have become somewhat of an invasive weed in certain areas because of their rapid growth. Earl’s kiwi berries are grown in Wilsonville, Oregon about 30 minutes south of Portland.

Kiwi Berries are a nutritional powerhouse and a healthy food source containing over 20 nutrients. Each 6 oz portion contains twice the amount of Vitamin E of an avocado but with only 60% of the calories, 5 times the Vitamin C of an orange and more potassium than bananas.  Kiwi Berries are also high in fiber and rich in folic acid.

In order to bear fruit, both female and male kiwiberry plants must be present. While the plants are maturing bugs and animals will not attack the fruit because it tastes terrible. Vines start to flower in May, and fruit is available to harvest in autumn.  One plant can produce up to 100 pounds of fruit a year! The fruits are picked hard, and ripened off the vine.

Kiwi berries ripen at room temperature and are ready to eat when the skin turns a darker green, wrinkles and gently yields to touch. Similar to a kiwi they will be slightly acidic until ripe when they will be very sweet. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks but if you are like me they won’t last that long.

Kiwiberries can be used in a variety of ways, from being preserved as jam to being used as a marinade (kiwiberries are an excellent meat tenderizer). Try them in a salad, on a tart or cake, or just pop them in your mouth as a delicious sweet snack!

 

 

California Hass Avocados Transitioning North

The next chapter in our California Hass avocado dialog brings us to the transition from Southern California to Northern California.  Southern Crop think San Diego. Northern crop think Santa Barbara and further north. The crop coming out of Fallbrook in the San Diego area is finishing highly mature, very rich and should be eaten before it is too soft.  At the same time the Northern California crop is starting and is less mature with a lower oil content but still eating great!

 

Earl’s Organic Introduces California Grown Seasonal Limited Edition Heirloom Salsa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

San Francisco, CA September 12th, 2012

Earl’s Organic Produce, the only 100% organic wholesaler in the San Francisco Produce Market, is excited to announce the launch of Earl’s Organic Seasonal Limited Edition Heirloom Salsa.  This is Earl’s Organic first private label item.

Heirloom tomatoes are unique because they are only available for a limited time.  The true season of a California heirloom starts in July and can last through November, depending on the weather.  Earl’s will only be offering this certified organic heirloom salsa as long as the tomatoes are at their peak flavor.

Earl’s has been sourcing the best organic produce and developing relationships with growers for over 25 years.  Earl’s has partnered with Chris Cadwell from Tutti Frutti Farms in Lompoc, CA, one of the oldest organic heirloom growers in the state.  Lompoc is located in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara where the unique climate of cool nights and hot days allows the fruit to develop the proper acid/sugar balance without becoming overripe. Earl’s felt their close relationship with Tutti Frutti presented a unique opportunity to partner with an excellent grower and to fill a niche in the market that lacked fresh heirloom variety organic salsas made with extraordinary flavor.

Follow updates on Earl’s Organic Produce website, Facebook and Twitter to find out which retailers in Northern California will be carrying Earl’s Heirloom salsa and dates and times of salsa demos.  Look for the Earl’s Organic Heirloom salsa ad in the San Francisco Chronicle local food BITES pull out on stands October 5th

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Earl’s Launches Fresh Organic Heirloom Salsa This Weekend

Exciting NEW things are happening at Earls.  EARL’S ORGANIC SEASONAL LIMITED EDITION SALSA is launching this weekend!  Earls uses only the most flavorful ripe heirlooms grown at Tutti Frutti Farms in Lompoc, CA.  Lompoc is located in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara where the unique climate of cool nights and hot days help with the acid/sugar balance and the firmness of the fruit.  Chris Cadwell has been growing heirlooms since 1988, when people didn’t know how delicious a purple or yellow tomato could be. Heirlooms are unique because you can’t find them all year long. The true season of a California heirloom starts in July and can last through November if we are lucky, depending on the weather.

Earl’s Heirloom Salsa is USDA Certified Organic and always made fresh at Bay Cities Produce in San Leandro and then shipped out to retailers the next day.  Bay Cities Produce is a family owned and operated produce distributor and processor that have been in business for over 60 years.  They specialize in the distribution and processing of gourmet foods for the fresh food industry in the bay area and beyond.  Bay Cities is committed to producing the absolute highest quality organic pre-cut produce.  Bay Cities Produce number one priority is to promote Food Safety, starting with the farms.

Earl’s Organic Heirloom Salsa is all organic all the time. Follow updates on Facebook and Twitter to find out which local retailers in Northern California will be carrying Earl’s Heirloom salsa and dates and times we will be demoing the salsa.

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