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Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes February 16, 2020

Crespo Ataulfo Mangos from Mexico are here! This tropical fruit has a rich, buttery carmel-sweet flavor.  It is the only fiberless varietal out of Mexico with a small, thin pit that is easy to cut.  When fully ripe, the Ataulfo will get wrinkly. Don’t be afraid! This is when it tastes the most delicious. Download the buyer’s notes.

Winter Citrus Guide

We are in peak California Citrus season! Download our winter citrus guide and don’t miss one delicious bite!

In the United States citrus can be grown in a narrow area that extends from northern California(think Side Hill Satsumas north of Sacramento), to central California, think Fresno, and down to southern California , mostly in San Diego County and California’s Coachella Valley (Palm Springs down to El Centro).  The area continues eastward through the low-elevation deserts of Arizona, into southern Texas, along the Gulf Coast and south through Florida.  (Lance Walheim, Citrus A Complete Guide)

Earl’s Organic sources the majority of our citrus from California and occasionally Mexico during their season. Climate has an effect on the color, flavor, size and shape of the citrus that can be grown. California has dry summers with cool nights and the cooler nights common in the fall and winter produce citrus with more brightly colored rinds.

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes February 9, 2020

Consumers demand more sustainable packaging and Earl’s Organic continues to partnership with our growers to bring you plastic free packaging! Forbidden Fruit Blueberries is the first blueberry grower to pack in readycycle baskets! Coming soon from A&A Organic Farms-Strawberries in readycycle 8x 1# baskets. Find out what other growers are offering plastic free packaging in our latest buyer’s notes. Download the buyer’s notes here.

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes February 2, 2020

Thank you to Covilli Brand OrganicsEqual Exchange and Fair Trade USA for joining us at EcoFarm 2020 to share what Fair Trade certification means, stories about the growers and the huge impact the Fair Trade premium has made not only in the lives of the farm workers but their families and communities. Fair Trade empowers workers! 100% of Covilli’s organic vegetables are Fair Trade Certified. Learn more about Covilli’s Fair Trade projects using the Fair Trade Premium http://bit.ly/covilliftcommunityprojects

Download the Buyer’s Notes PDF here http://bit.ly/buyersnotesfeb22020

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes January 19, 2020

Forbidden Fruit Orchards Blueberries: Local, Domestic, Organic You asked for less plastic. They delivered. Forbidden Fruit Orchards is first to introduce sustainable,100% recyclable packaging for your blueberries!…California Forbidden Blueberries are also now available in a bulk 9# case!

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Pummelos

Pummelos are the largest fruit in the citrus family and are very popular in Asia. Pummelos can weigh up to a few pounds with shapes ranging from tear drop to round.  All pummelos have a thick but easy to peel rind but the flesh can be white or pink, sweet or sour and can have a little or a lot of seeds depending on the variety.  Pummelos are best recognized by their refreshing, clean citrus fragrance. Turn the pummelo over and smell the blossom end for a strong burst of a citrus scent unlike any other.

In California the Chandler is the most commonly grown variety both commercially and with the home gardener.  In 1961 UC Riverside developed the Chandler by crossing the slightly acidic Siamese Pink Pummelo with the Siamese Sweet Pummelo.  The Chandler can be as big as a volleyball with a thick rind that needs to be carefully peeled away to reveal the sweet, crisp pink flesh inside.  The sweet flavor is well worth the effort it takes to get to the fruit.

Pummelos are so popular for Chinese New Year that a small part of the crop grown in Southern California is specifically for the Asian community in San Francisco and other parts of California. Chinese New Year falls on February 16th this year.


First cut off the top of the pummelo.  I recommend making a cut at least half inch deep because the rind is so thick.


Secondly make 4 scores with a knife around the sides of the pummelo so you can easily peel back the rind. Wedge your fingers between the pith and the fruit and gently peel back each segment.


Now the fruit should be easy to remove from the rind. Using your fingers again gently pull the fruit apart like an orange until you have two halves.


Lastly using your hand or a knife peel away the pith surrounding the fruit and separate the segments of fruit.


The Chandler pummelo is picked when the skin is greenish yellow but they have the best flavor when the rind has developed more of a yellow color. Pummelos are related to the grapefruit but they are not as juicy and the segments are best eaten out of hand, in a salad or try adding it to a smoothie. The rinds can be used to make candied pummelo and are sometimes used in Asian cooking.

Normally you will find pummelos in season from early winter to spring all depending on supply and demand and what regions they are coming from.  When choosing a pummelo, or any citrus, you want to pick one that is heavy for its size and free of bruising. It should also smell great!  I recommend buying a few extra pummelos to put in different areas of your house. The fresh citrus smell acts as a natural air freshener. You can also cut up the rind after peeling it and place it in a bowl in the bathroom.  The citrus scent will go on long after the fruit has dried out. Don’t store pummelos out on the counter unless you plan to eat it that day. Pummelos can be stored in the refrigerator for a little over a week.  Click here for a delicious Pummelo Thai Salad recipe. 

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes January 11, 2020

2020 ECOFARM 40 years and growing is less than 2 weeks away!  Please let your Earl’s Sales Rep know if you are attending EcoFarm in Pacific Grove this year.  We would like to personally invite you to our Fair Trade Seminar on Friday, January 24th!

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

Coming this week! Buddha Hand, Page Mandarin and Pineapple Guava from Cunningham Farm, located in a secluded valley next to the Cleveland National Forest between Fallbrook and Temecula in San Diego County.

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

NEW! Honeynut Squash from Dwelley Farms in Brentwood, California. Sweet and nutty, it is estimated that a single serving of this tiny squash has twice the betacarotene of an equal amount of butternut squash. Delicious recipe in this week’s buyer’s notes.

Employees of the month for December 2019!

We are very pleased to announce that the employees of the month for December are cooler rotator Wilberth and product selector Luis!

Wilberth is recognized for providing his expertise and support to the team during this Thanksgiving season. He maintained a positive attitude, had excellent attendance, and showed his commitment to getting the job done during our busiest days!
Luis is recognized for his commitment to quality and service! Luis has one of the highest picking rates on the team, his orders are extremely accurate, and his pallets are constructed beautifully!
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