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Burkart Stone Fruit At Peak Flavor

Now is the time to take advantage of Burkart stone fruit! Picked at optimum maturity with the highest sugar levels, Burkart stone fruit has outstanding flavor and is a real crowd pleaser! Burkart grows high-quality organic stone fruit on 65 acres near Dinuba along the northern border of Tulare County about four hours south of San Francisco. One of the advantages of working with small growers like Burkart, is that they spend extra time focusing on the quality of the stone fruit, going through their orchard and doing several picks of each variety. Many larger growers will go through the orchard two times and do a strip pick to get all the fruit as opposed to selecting fruit that is at optimum maturity for peak flavor.

Inspect the stem end of a Burkart yellow peach and you will often see more color than fruit from other orchards. The full color is an indication of maturity that translates into superior flavor. Richard Burkart is now picking Summer Lady yellow peaches and Summer Sweet white peaches. Now is the time to enjoy luscious juice dripping stone fruit, as sweet as the perfect summer afternoon.

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All varieties are free stone except for the white nectarine pearl varieties. Free stone fruit falls away easily from the pit versus cling stone varieties where the fruit clings to the pit.

Ask your Earl’s Sales Representative about promotable volumes.

Burkart Fruit Picked for Optimum Flavor

Now is the time to take advantage of Burkart stone fruit! Picked at optimum maturity with the highest sugar levels, Burkart stone fruit has outstanding flavor and is a real crowd pleaser! Burkart grows high-quality organic stone fruit on 65 acres near Dinuba along the northern border of Tulare County about four hours south of San Francisco. One of the advantages of working with small growers like Burkart, is that they spend extra time focusing on the quality of the stone fruit, going through their orchard and doing several picks of each variety. Many larger growers will go through the orchard two times and do a strip pick to get all the fruit as opposed to selecting fruit that is at optimum maturity for peak flavor.

Inspect the stem end of a Burkart yellow peach and you will often see more color than fruit from other orchards. The full color is an indication of maturity that translates into superior flavor. Richard Burkart is now on his fourth pick of the Diamond Princess and he expects to be out in the orchard picking two more times. Now is the time to enjoy the flavor of this delicious yellow peach!

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Stone Fruit Market Update:
This year overall yellow and white peach volume is down 15% from last year. This can be attributed to the cold and rainy weather we experienced during the bloom season, which affected the pollination. The bees cannot pollinate the trees in that weather, resulting in a smaller crop. On the plus side since the tree is not burdened with a heavy crop, the fruit on the tree is sizing up to be larger this year. With a smaller set of fruit, the tree is able to put more energy into the fruit it does have, producing less volume with larger fruit.

Next week we will have an explosion of stone fruit from Burkart. Look for Grand Pearl and Majestic Pearl (sizing up large to 42/44ct and 48/50ct!) white nectarines, Honey Royal and Summer Bright yellow nectarines and Summer Sweet White Peaches. All varieties will be free stone except for the white nectarine pearl varieties. Free stone fruit falls away easily from the pit versus cling stone varieties where the fruit clings to the pit.

Ask your Earl’s Sales Representative about promotable volumes.

Burkart Orchards Stone Fruit

Stone fruit season is just beginning.  Sweet and juicy white and yellow peaches, nectarines and apricots are arriving by the pallet every day from Burkart Orchards.  Burkart grows high-quality organic stone fruit on 65 acres near Dinuba along the northern border of Tulare County about 4 hours south of San Francisco.

Richard Burkart, along with many growers, spends extra time focusing on the quality of his stone fruit.  In order to ensure he is getting the ripest fruit, Richard makes several picks of each variety in the orchard to get the fruit at their optimum ripeness with the highest sugar levels for shipping.

If you have ever bought a piece of stone fruit and it just never had the sweetness you expected, it could be that it was picked before it was mature.  As a consumer, I have learned that this inconsistency can point to a single pick by the grower.  Orchards are made up of different varieties which will ripen at different times.  To save on labor costs a single variety may be harvested in one pick, rather than multiple pickings of the fruit as it reaches maturity.

Ask your produce department for a taste of that peach, nectarine or apricot so you know what you’re buying.  Smell the fruit, it should smell aromatic and sweet.  Check the area around the stem, you don’t want it to be green.  You also don’t want any bruising on the fruit or wrinkly skin.

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Cosmetically, stone fruit might not always look perfect. There may be some scarring on the fruit which is natural.  The fruit may be growing against a branch or a leaf which makes an imprint on the fruit. This won’t affect the flavor of the fruit one bit. It is just a gentle reminder that you are eating something grown from the earth.

The biggest difference between nectarines and peaches is the lack of fuzz on the skin.  Nectarines are usually smaller, more aromatic and sweeter than peaches and the skin is a deeper red color.  Stone fruit usually ripens up at room temperature within 2-3 days and will give slightly to the touch when they are ready to eat.

Don’t miss out on the first delicious stone fruit of the season! Stone fruit is delicious out of hand, sliced up and topped with organic whipped cream or bake the fruit in a cobbler and serve drizzled with fresh cold organic cream.

Burkart Stone Fruit

Now is the time to take advantage of Burkart stone fruit! Picked at optimum maturity with the highest sugar levels, Burkart stone fruit has outstanding flavor and is a real crowd pleaser! Burkart grows high-quality organic stone fruit on 65 acres near Dinuba along the northern border of Tulare County about four hours south of San Francisco. One of the advantages of working with small growers like Burkart, is that they spend extra time focusing on the quality of the stone fruit, going through their orchard and doing several picks of each variety. Many larger growers will go through the orchard two times and do a strip pick to get all the fruit as opposed to selecting fruit that is at optimum maturity for peak flavor.

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Burkart Stone Fruit Just Around The Corner

Burkart Organics nectarines, plums and peaches are in full bloom. Richard Burkart reports that the earliest of the peaches and nectarines are still in their “jackets”, which is essentially the bloom that covers the fruit. Once the blossoms drop off in the next 2 to 3 weeks he will have a better idea what the season holds.  Burkart is located in Dinuba along the northern border of Tulare County about 4 hours south of San Francisco.

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