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Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Pummelos

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with beautiful large pummelos. The gold color of this large fruit symbolizes prosperity and are brought as offerings to temple altars. 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.

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Puntarelle

Puntarelle from Tutti Frutti Farms in Santa Barbara County. Puntarelle is a member of the big, beautiful, bitter family of chicories that also includes endive, escarole and all those lovely varieties of radicchio, such as Castelfranco, Verona, Treviso and Tardivo. Dress it with a simple anchovy dressing or brighten up a plain roast chicken. For an easy recipe click here: http://www.domenicacooks.com/2014/02/puntarelle-alla-romana/

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Citrus Varieties

Winter time brings a wide array of citrus varieties.  Page, Fremont, Tango and Satsumas are just a few of the delicious sweet Mandarins available now.  Blood Oranges, Star Ruby, Oro Blanco, Minneola and Cara Cara’s, the list goes on. Earl’s has all your citrus varieties!

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California Navels

Navels from the Central San Joaquin Valley are best eaten out of hand. The recent cold nights have brought good color and high sugar for a very sweet orange.

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Organic California Gaviota Strawberries

Organic Gaviota Strawberries grown by Rancho Don Antonio in Nipomo, California! Short day strawberries that are low acid with exceptional fruit quality and quintessential strawberry flavor.

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Hachiya Persimmons

Hachiya Persimmons look like an acorn. Very astringent when they are firm. Wait until they are jelly soft and scoop out the insides. Try James Beard’s amazing bread recipe. 

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Pomegranates

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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The Second Crop of Figs is the Sweetest

Maywood Farms organic figs are grown in Corning, about 2 hours northwest of Sacarmento. Figs love the heat and are always picked ripe. We are just past the peak of fig production and expect to have them for at least a few more weeks. Varieties include Kadota, Excel, Brown Turkey and Black Mission.

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August is Peak California Tomato Season

August is peak California Tomato season! Beautiful heirloom tomatoes, early girls, mixed medley cherry tomatoes and romas are plentiful! Be sure to check out our Weekly Specials each Monday.

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Tutti Frutti Heirloom Tomatoes

Now is the start of the season for Tutti Frutti’s heirloom tomatoes. For over 25 years Cadwell has specialized in beautiful streaked, striped and unique shaped heirloom tomatoes. Cherokee Purple, Marvel Stripe, Brandywine and Chocolate Stripe are just a few of the varieties now available from Earl’s Organic.  The season is just ramping up and we can expect to see more varieties as the season peaks.

Tutti Frutti Heirloom Tomatoes June 15, 2017

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