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Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes September 15, 2019

Don’t miss Caviar Limes- they pop like caviar when gently squeezed. The effervescent tangy lime flavor adds the perfect burst of acid to cocktails, desserts, seafood and more! Concord Seeded Grapes from Heinke in Paradise, CA are here. They taste like grape jelly and make an amazing sorbet. Kiwi Berries, your favorite pop in your mouth snack are coming this week! Download the pdf.

California Keitt Mango

The California Keitt mango season is finally here!  This unique domestic mango does not have to travel far and is left on the tree until it has developed a high level of maturity and sweet flavor. Organic California Keitts are grown in the Coachella Valley, which runs for about 45 miles in Riverside County from Palm Springs to the northern part of the Salton Sea.

California Keitt mangoes are super juicy and sweet with almost no stringy fibers and a small pit which means more fruit to eat. Deemed as one of the best tasting mangos by many people, this domestic tropical fruit is impressive in both its strikingly large size and beautiful green color. One bite of the delicious smooth flesh and you will be back for more! Don’t shy away from these green mangos because Keitts stay green even when ripe.

Keitts are also extra special because they are not subjected to the stress of a hot water bath, as most imported mangos are, contributing to a delicious eating experience.  Almost all imported mangos are hot water treated to eliminate fruit flies and fruit fly larvae. The mangoes are put into hot water bath (115-118 F) anywhere from 90-120 minutes.

Ripening Tips

*Don’t be deterred by the Keitt’s green skin which stays green even when ripe. 

*Ripen your mangos up on your counter at room temperature. Mangos do not like the cold and can develop chill damage if stored in the refrigerator.

*You will know they are ready to eat when they yield slightly to gentle pressure.

The season is very short and lasts only about 4-6 weeks. This California grown tropical fruit is not to be missed!

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes September 8, 2019

Coming soon! Kiwi Berries, Wine grape varieties Grenache, Carignane and Columbard, California Jicama and Parsnips! Download our weekly buyers notes.

Salsa Fresca con Papaloquelite Recipe

Recipe by Antonieta Solorzano Earl’s Organic Purchasing & Logistics Assistant

Papalo from La Granjita Organica in Salinas Valley is an ancient Mexican herb with similar uses as Cilantro. It has been described by some as somewhere between arugula, cilantro and the culinary herb rue(characteristically bitter); others say it tastes like a mixture of nasturtium flowers, lime, and cilantro.  If you are a cilantro aficionado, this is a must! It can be used in soups, stews and salsas. It’s also known as Quilquiña, Yerba Porosa, Killi, Papaloquelite and broadleaf in English.

  • Papaloquelite – Cut into small fine strips
  • Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato
  • Jalapeños – Finely minced & deseeded
  • Serrano – finely minced & deseeded
  • Red Onion – finely minced
  • Add Sea Salt to taste
  • Add Black Pepper to taste

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes September 1, 2019

The late season Keitt mango was first introduced into Australia in 1979. Today they are one of the only non-heat treated mango varieties grown organically in California. The egg shaped fruit has a bright green skin and golden-orange flesh. Firm fleshed an California keitt mangos have finally arrived.  The harvest is a few weeks later than last year but the fruit set on the trees looks good and supplies should last through September.

La Granjita Organica Watermelon Gherkin Agua Fresca Recipe

Victor and Veronica from La Granjita served this refreshing drink to Earl’s Organic on their farm tour. Antonieta Solorzano, Purchasing & Logistics Assistant put her personal touch on the recipe. Enjoy!

To make 1 large pitcher of 56oz use:

  • 6x8oz – Watermelon Gherkins
  • 56oz of cold water
  • Juice from 3 Limes – or more if you like J
  • Add sugar to taste

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes August 25, 2019

New tropical fruit from Swift Sub-Tropicals. Grown in a coastal canyon in Los Osos near San Luis Obispo, where the climate is perfect for these tropical fruits. Passionfruit– When choosing passion fruit, look for one that feels heavy and is purple or yellow in color. The skin may be smooth or wrinkly. The more wrinkled the skin, the riper the fruit. Kiwano Horned Fruit- Kiwano connoisseurs describe the flavor of the slimy green interior as a cross between cucumber, zucchini, and kiwifruit (though as it ripens, it tastes more like a banana).

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes August 18, 2019

NEW! Papalo from La Granjita Farm in Salinas Valley.

Papalo is an ancient Mexican herb with similar uses as Cilantro. It has been described by some as somewhere between arugula, cilantro and the culinary herb rue(characteristically bitter); others say it tastes like a mixture of nasturtium flowers, lime, and cilantro.  If you are a cilantro aficionado, this is a must! It can be used in soups, stews and salsas. It’s also known as Quilquiña, Yerba Porosa, Killi, Papaloquelite and broadleaf in English.

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Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes August 11, 2019

NEW- Maywood Figs from Corning! The second and sweeter crop of Black Mission, Brown Turkey and Kadota are here.  Take a peak into their orchards and packing house. RVO Magenta Dragonfruit just landed. What a wonder luminescent purple and refreshing lightly sweet flavor. Gravenstein Apples from Solano Gold in Sebastopol. Did you know the Gravenstein is on the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste?

California Season Continues with Traceland Avocados

Lucky for us the California season goes on a little longer. Earl’s just received delicious California avocados from Traceland in Morro Bay. Traceland is located in Cayucos near the ocean on the central coast and about 20 miles northwest of San Luis Obispo where the unique geography and climate allows year round growing conditions without high heat or killing frosts.  Cayucos sits in a small area of coastal land defined by the Santa Lucia mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The ocean cools the hot summers and warms the cold winters.  The land is bisected at various places along its length by wild creeks that flow unimpeded from the coast range to the ocean providing the copious amounts of water avocado trees need to fruit.       

Ron Trace-In the middle, Jesse Trace-On the right

Ron, Gail and their twin sons moved to Cayucos in 1998 from Chicago.  In 2005 they planted their 6 acre avocado orchard with a goal to grow organic avocados as sustainably as possible.  The avocado trees are planted on natural slopes and not man made terraces, which affects the drainage.  He also puts down composted manures, organic minerals and wood chip mulches to fertilize the trees.  Cover crops of native grasses are used to produce natural nitrogen, honey bees are used for fruit production and predator insects for biological disease control.  Weeds are pulled by hand and they even trap gophers by hand.

Traceland is also unique because they hand pick all of the avocados and deliver them to Earl’s within 24 hours of picking! The flavor is very creamy and rich in oil content. We feel it is the best eating avocado of the season.

Jesse from Traceland Avocados

Remember that a California avocado will be very mature, high in oil and needs to be eaten firm. Mexican avocados are now starting to show up in your grocery store. Buyer beware! Mexican avocados are the first of the season and will eat differently. They will not be as flavorful as a California avocado and can ripen unevenly.

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