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Cherimoyas

Cherimoyas can grow as small as ¼ pound each up to 5 pounds and are a conical or heart shaped green fruit covered in bumps.  The flesh is white and creamy and dotted with big black seeds.  Depending on the variety, they are mellow sweet to tangy or acidic sweet with suggestions of mangos, pineapples, banana, papaya, strawberries and vanilla custard but honestly I can’t compare it to anything else.  Mark Twain called the cherimoya “deliciousness itself.” The season runs from March to June with the peak time in March and April. Cherimoya’s are grown in California from Santa Barbara all the way down to San Diego.

Honey Mandarins

Honey mandarins are small sized with a bright orange rind. They are very sweet and juicy and contain many seeds. Grown in San Diego County.

Cara Cara’s

The Cara Cara is also known as the pink navel. It is very sweet and usually seedless. The season starts in November and can go as long as March depending on the weather.  All citrus at the beginning of their season will be a little tart and the flavor will only improve as the sugars continue to develop.  We are now at the peak of flavor!

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Fremont Mandarin

Fremont Mandarins are a cross of the Clementine and the Ponkan Mandarin varieties. The skin is brilliant dark orange, smooth and easy to remove. The flesh has few seeds and a lot of juice, and tastes
intensely sweet with some acid. Grown in San Diego County.

Fremont Cut

Seasonal Eats

Page Mandarin’s are a cross between a Minneola tangelo and a Clementine mandarin. They are very small to medium sized with an orange red color. They are often seedless and considered one of the best tasting mandarins. They can be found as early as December through May.

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Satsuma Mandarins

Side Hill Citrus Satsumas from Lincoln, in the Sacramento foothills have the perfect mix of sweetness, tartness and low acidity, with very little pulp, no seeds and taste like they are melting in your mouth

A 2008 U.S. Department of Agriculture study said Satsumas have six to seven times as much synephrine, a natural decongestant, as other citrus. Four or five Satsumas have enough synephrine to equal the effect of a Sudafed tablet, the study said. Satsumas are also naturally low in calories and a single fruit contains 34 percent of the USDA daily recommendation for vitamin C.

Read the full blog here. 

Side Hill Citrus Satsumas Cut

Momotaro Organic Tomatoes

Momotaro Tomatoes have a sweet and tangy flavor. A Japanese favorite they are named after a Japanese Folklore hero. Momo means Peach and Momotaro is the “Peach Boy.” The Momotaro of legend was found by two childless peasants within a large peach. He grew to be a “warrior of peace” and is celebrated every year during the Momotaro Festival. These gorgeous tomatoes are grown by Tomatero Farm in Watsonville.

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Watermelon Gherkins

Watermelon cucumbers are shaped like baby watermelons. They are about the size of your thumb and are good in salads or pickled. They taste similar to a cucumber with a hint of lemon. Grown by La Granjita Organica in Watsonville. Learn more about this small family farm here.

Watermelon Gherkins

Rainier Cherries

The name for this cherry comes from Washington State’s largest mountain, Mt. Rainier. Rainier cherries are large in size, so it’s fitting they were named after Washington state’s most mammoth mountain.

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Pacific Northwest Cherries

Ideal growing conditions in the Pacific Northwest produce the sweetest and crunchiest cherries for the summer. You want to choose bright looking, plump, dark colored cherries and avoid wrinkly fruit.  Check the stem areas for rot and splits at the blossom end.  The darker the color the sweeter the fruit and the firmer the fruit the longer they last.  Store ripe cherries in the refrigerator until ready to use and wash cherries before eating.   Cherries are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.  They’re also a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C and loaded with potassium, a natural blood-pressure reducer.

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