Monday, January 22, 2018 - - Take a look at what’s fresh and in season.
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Origin: New Zealand
Pack: 11 lb
Availability: Limited Global Availability 3 weeks only
The Greengage plum has a deep green skin and juicy yellow green flesh. It is considered one of the most striking of the plums. It was developed in France from a green-fruited wild plum (Ganerik) originally found in Asia Minor. It is identified by its small, oval shape, smooth-textured flesh, and ranging in colour from green to yellow, grown in temperate areas. They are known for their rich, confectionery flavour that causes them to be considered one of the finest dessert plums.
Pack: 8 lbs
Availability: Just Starting
Carambola (Star fruit) The golden-yellow Carambola is the perfect five pointed star when cross-cut, hence it’s nickname, star fruit. Elliptical in shape and two to five inches long with deep ribs, this fruit originated in Southeast Asia but is now also grown in Florida. Carambola can be eaten out of hand, like an apple and they have very few seeds. The outer skin should be shiny and firm. The skin on unripe fruit is tinged green but by ripening the fruit at room temperature, it will turn a rich golden color and develop a sweet aroma. Simply wash the fruit, remove any blemished areas, cut crosswise to get the star shape, and eat! Add to fruit salads, sauté lightly or use as a beautiful garnish. Star fruit are an excellent source of vitamin C, are low fat, and sodium and cholesterol free. A small whole star fruit will provide approximately 2/3 cup of sliced fruit.
Origin: New Zealand
Pack: Place Pack.
Availability: Few (Starting)
Passion fruit that's identified by a purple - brown outer rind is available year around with a peak in season from January through June. Purple passion fruit is classically an egg - shaped fruit, approximately two to three inches in diameter at maturity. The fruit's skin is brittle and smooth, yet dimpled and at peak maturity should be heavily wrinkled. The skin's color varies with hues of dark purple and red. Passion fruit, also known as Granadilla, is of the family Passifloraceae. Granadilla is the fruit of the plant Passiflora ligularis.
Below the outer skin is a cottony white peel. The interior cavity is filled with edible yellow to green pulp and flesh covered seeds like those of a pomegranate (granadilla means 'little pomegranate' in Spanish). The fruit's pulp is highly aromatic and has a tropical sweet tart juice with nuances of pineapple, papaya, mango, citrus and guava.
When choosing ripe fruit, look for wrinkled skin and a deep purple color – this is the fruit that has ripened the most and will be the sweetest. The softer the shell, the more ripe the fruit will be; The outer shell becomes pliable and wrinkled when fully ripe and if there is any mold evident, it can be wiped off–it does not impact the inside product or flavor. Remember–this fruit is wrinkled and ugly when ripe!
Originating in Japan from the Aomori Apple Research Center around 1920, the Green Dragon apple was named after the Chinese symbol for royalty. It is highly prized and a delicacy in many Asian countries.
The appearance of the Green Dragon apple resembles a green tinted Golden Delicious but the white, crisp-textured flesh of the Green Dragon apple is encased in a skin that resists bruising. Coming from the same parents as the Mutsu and Shizuka apples, it has raised above its siblings in taste, flavor and popularity. It is a sweet apple, with low acidity, and numerous fruit esters in the aroma, it is known as the most aromatic of apples. The flavor has been described as having a slight pineapple flavor and yet others have compared it to a pear-like taste. The taste is sweet yet it leaves a subtle hint of tart behind. Although locally grown and harvested in the Pacific Northwest, until now the Green Dragon apple has been mainly exported to Asia, available only to the public through fruit stands, farmers markets or you-pick orchards.