This Week’s Fruit:
Twin Girls, Dinuba, Ca
The Tangelo is a cross between a mandarin and grapefruit. Its skin is easy to peel and its flesh is a deep orange, tender and juicy with a rich and sweet flavor.
Churchill Orchards, Ojai, CA
Creamy in texture, nutty in flavor, with a small to medium seed.
The Hass skin is easy to peel and darkens from green to
purplish-black as it ripens.
Olsen Organics, Lindsay, CA
California Navel Oranges are considered to be the best Navels for eating out of hand. They have a thick skin that is easy to peel, are seedless and have a meaty and sweet flesh that makes them a perfect snack.
Cuyama Farm, New Cuyama, CA
Fujis are a cross between Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, an heirloom apple dating back to Thomas Jefferson. They are one of the sweetest variety apples around making them a
Chiechi Farm, Live Oak, CA
Originally known as the Chinese gooseberry due to its Chinese origins. Hawyward Wright, a New Zealand nurseryman
propagated his plants by grafting, and they eventually became the preferred cultivar of growers due to their sweet flavor.
Star Ruby Grapefruit
Rainbow Valley Orchards, Temecula, Ca
The Grapefruit is said to be a cross between the Jamaican sweet orange and the Indonesian pomelo, first documented in 1750. Under its thick, red-blushed skin you’ll find an aromatic, ruby red, juicy flesh with a perfect sweet tart flavor.
….all varieties are subject to change……
A Note from Farmer Al
It was an exciting week for me. We finished planting 50 acres of new orchards, almost 10,000 trees. In fulfilling this effort, by far the most ambitious undertaking to plant new orchards since I planted my first 5 acres in January 1976, was aided by weather, the driest February in history. These new orchards are envisioned to expand the diversity of our fruit even more by providing new varieties of stone fruit and citrus available from Christmas to Cherry harvest in early May.
And we’re adding other new items sure to please your discerning palates: 20 acres of Almonds and 4 acres of mulberries. We even have an experimental small grove of Avocados in the ground.
Many thanks to my crews whose skill, dedication and hard work made it all go very smoothly.
All my best,