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Asian Pears or Nashi in Japanese

Asian pears are firm to the touch with the crisp texture of an apple and the juiciness of a pear. They can grow quite large and are round like an apple and have a yellowish green or brown russet skin like a pear. It is no surprise that they are also known as an apple pear. They grow well in hot climates and should be allowed to ripen on the tree unlike most pears. Harvest is usually mid-September and Asian pears will keep in cold storage for up to 3 months. They do not soften like traditional pears and are ready to eat immediately.  Asian pears have a high water content so they are best eaten out of hand, sliced in a salad and make a great meat tenderizer. Share your favorite recipes on our Facebook page.

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Bright Red Pomegranates

Look for pomegranates with a full bright red to dark red color. You also want fruit that feels heavy for their size, which means they are super juicy. The outside of a pomegranate is very hard and only the inside arils which cover the seeds in a red translucent material are edible.  It may seem like a lot of work to get to the arils, but it is well worth it. Cut off the top and bottom of the fruit, score the fruit and then open it into two halves. Place the halves in a bowl of water and use your fingers to gently separate the seeds from the white, spongy membrane. The inedible white membranes will float to the top of the water and leave you all the delicious arils at the bottom. Be careful not to get the juice on your hands and clothes because it will stain.

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Wonderful Pomegranante Grower Paul Pafford. Fresno County, California

Wonderful Pomegranante Grower Paul Pafford. Fresno County, California

Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes September 23rd

Happy Fall! Equal Exchange fair trade avocado season has officially arrived and organic pumpkins are now available!

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Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes September 16th

Specialty grapes available now are Concords from Heinke in Paradise, CA  and the incredible flavor of the wine grapes from 3 Sisters with Grenache, Carignane and Columbard in 8/2# clamshells and will be available until September 21st.

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Seckel Pears Perfect for Snacking

Seckel pears, also known as sugar pears, are only a few inches long but packed full of sweet flavor. The olive green skin has a dark maroon blush. Perfect for snacking, they are in season through January. Seckel pears are difficult to find so count yourself lucky if you find them in your grocery store.

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Pears ripen from the inside out. Ripen them at room temperature until the area near the stem yields to gentle pressure. We recommend eating them immediately. You don’t want to ripen the pear first and then put it in the refrigerator or it will turn mushy.

If you would like to keep them longer store them in the coldest part of your refrigerator until you are ready to eat and then ripen them at room temperature. Unlike many pear varieties, Seckel’s don’t turn brown immediately upon cutting.

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