Fruit & News of the Week: October 23, 2017

This week’s fruit:

 

Shinko Asian Pear
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
The Shinko has a round shape which is slightly flattened. The skin is bronze with brown russeting and its juicy, creamy white flesh has a subtly rich flavor. One of the last pears to pick, it comes off the tree with a butterscotch note to its sweetness.

Pink Lady Apples
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA

Pink Lady’s are a cross between the Golden Delicious and Lady Williams. They are a crisp and juicy apple with a tart finish. Pink skins and a creamy white colored flesh that resists browning make this an excellent apple for salads and slicing.

Warren European Pear
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
This is Frog Hollow Farm’s signature pear and for good reason. Too difficult to grow for most farmers to consider it’s never caught on commercially but Farmer Al has never shied away from  putting the time and effort into a fruit that tastes so good. It has a classic European texture, very soft and juicy with asilky sweetness that avoids the typical grittiness found in most pears.
Pomegranate
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
Native to the regions of Persia and the Western Himala- yan range, pomegranates have been cultivated for several millennia. When sliced open a beautiful array of jewel-like seeds are displayed. The aril is the colorful casing that sur- rounds the edible seeds and has a sweet tart flavor. Enjoy the arils alone or use them in salads, desserts, or beverages.

 

A note from Farmer Al:

Dear CSA Members,
Today is your day to come to the farm to enjoy this beautiful autumn day, and to pick Pink Lady apples. It’s the best apple crop we have ever had, both in terms of quantity and quality…these apples are very sweet! You’ll be enjoying them in your weekly box probably until Thanksgiving.

Persimmons are also looking good. We will start picking the fuyu tomorrow so dig out your recipes. Their rich golden color will go great with crimson pomegranate seeds to make any salad or any side dish simmer with abudanza.
This coming week will also bring Fall’s coveted gift, olive oil. We’ll start picking Wednesday, October 25th and not a moment too soon. We’ve recently opened the very last bottle of our 2016 oil and are now facing the unthinkable prospect of having to actually buy olive oil from some other source! My two daughters, Maddie (14) and Millie (12) are already giving negative reviews to the
interim oil, but they will just have to make due. It’s still better than butter!
So, as we enjoy the last faint taste of summer stone fruit (flavor fall pluots) we have a delicious palate of fall fruit to look forward to.
And enjoy the indian summer this last week of October!
Farmer Al

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