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Blenheim Apricots

Blenheim apricots are the most coveted of the apricot varieties and are fast disappearing. This small sized heirloom variety has a beautiful rose blush over a golden background. One of the key characteristics of the Blenheim is their green shoulders. Don’t shy away from the green tinge, as the fruit will have good flavor even if the fruit does not achieve full color.  Cut open the Blenheim and you are rewarded by a deep orange flesh.  A quick bite reveals a tangy flavor that is balanced out by the high sugar content.

Blenheim Apricots

Blenheim’s Have Great Apricot Flavor

Blenheim apricots are the most coveted of the apricot varieties and are fast disappearing. There are only a few growers left in California and Earl’s is fortunate to carry Dwelley Blenheim apricots, a fourth generation farm, from Brentwood, California

Blenheim’s were brought to California from England in the 1880’s and were grown mostly in the Sacramento and Santa Clara valleys. They have great apricot flavor but are not good travelers and are usually only found at farmers markets. Many growers have abandoned the Blenheim in favor of varieties that are grown for their long shelf life and ability to travel long distances.

This small sized heirloom variety has a beautiful rose blush over a golden background. One of the key characteristics of the Blenheim is their green shoulders. Don’t shy away from the green tinge, as the fruit will have good flavor even if the fruit does not achieve full color.  Cut open the Blenheim and you are rewarded by a deep orange flesh.  A quick bite reveals a tangy flavor that is balanced out by the high sugar content.

Stone Fruit will taste sweeter at the bottom of the fruit because the sugars become more concentrated as they grow to maturity hanging straight down from the tree.

How to choose a Blenheim Apricot:

Apricots ripen from the inside out, similar to a pear. Test the ripeness by applying gentle pressure with the pads of your fingers. If the fruit gives slightly it is ready to eat. Blenheim apricots are very delicate and bruise easily so be sure to handle them with care.

Please join us in supporting the California growers that are keeping this wonderful variety alive. The Blenheim Apricot is on the Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste, foods facing extinction. Take this opportunity to enjoy eating the rare juicy Blenheims out of hand and buy a little extra to preserve them. Chefs love them to make jams and they are excellent for canning.  The season is very short and will only last a few weeks.

Blenheim Apricots

Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes June 10th

We will see Ellwood’s first cherry tomatoes and early girls within 10 days! Tomatero basil will  be widely available and prices down through next week. Don’t miss out on possibly the biggest and last opportunity of the season.

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Melons and the California Desert Wind

Growing melons in the California desert allows us to have delicious Cantaloupes and Honeydews early in the season, however, the downside is they may be exposed to heavy winds. Have you seen the clusters of wind mills generating clean electricity driving past by the San Jacinto Mountains? All that wind can affect the Honeydews in particular and you may see some wind scars in the skin. The flavor and consistency of the fruit remains intact and is just an indication that the melons grew during some very windy days, causing the young melons to rub against the leaves leaving s few scars in the skin of the fruit.

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Sam’s Blueberries

Susan and Mike, aka S.A.M. are the owners of the Sam’s Organic Blueberries.  Mike is the fourth generation to grow up and farm on the land where they live in Tulare, in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Earl’s Organic will have Sam’s blueberries through the middle of June. Now available in pints!

 

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