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What’s in Season January 2013

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Here’s a preview from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers of the fresh fruits and vegetables being harvested in January by some of our farms. To see what’s being delivered in your box this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region. East January on the East Coast brings a new year full of possibilities and a [...]

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Oro Blanco Grapefruit

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A hybrid developed in 1958 at U.C. Riverside, yellow oro blanco gets its puffy coat from pomelo and sweet spritzy flavor from white grapefruit. Its thick skin and mild, seedless flesh create a nice combo of easy peel and wakeup taste. No snooze button here.

Storage Tips

Grapefruit can be stored at room temperature for a week or so, or refrigerated for up to several weeks. Keep out of direct sunlight.
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Citrus Christmas

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Orange You Glad I Made You A Present? By Miriam Wolf Theoretically, I like to make big batches of yummy homemade treats to have on hand during the holiday seasons. That way, when I get a last minute invitation or when folks drop over for some holiday cheer, I have a little gift for them. [...]

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What’s in Season November 2013

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Here’s a preview from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers of the fresh fruits and vegetables being harvested in November by some of our farms. To see what’s being delivered in your box this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region. EAST We’ve got a wealth of seasonal apple varieties here on the East Coast to [...]

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Oro Blanco Pummelo

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Ah, a romantic fruit. The oroblanco’s soft pillowy skin and flowery scent puff little heart clouds and “plinks” of harp strings into the air when you open one. Spanish for “white gold,” the oroblanco is a hybrid of an acidless pomelo and white grapefruit. Oroblancos are bred using traditional cross-pollination methods, not GMO. High in [...]

Preparation Tips

The best way to get at a Pummelo is to cut it into quarters, then peel the fruit section away from the outer layer.

Storage Tips

Keep at room temperature out of direct sunlight for up to a week or in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
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Chickpea Salad with Grapefruit and Fennel

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Recipe by Rebecca Dienner for The FruitGuys INGREDIENTS 3 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), canned or fresh 1 grapefruit, supremed (see Cook’s note) 1/2 cup basil, chiffoned 1 fennel bulb, sliced (see Cook’s note) 1/3 cup shallot, minced Dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper to taste [...]

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What’s in Season January 2013

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Here’s what regional farms will be harvesting this month, from The FruitGuys produce buyers: WEST California is lucky to have fresh picked produce even in the winter! We have clementines, mandarins, and tangerines, in so many varieties, shapes, and sizes! Look out for Cara Cara oranges from Homegrown Organics. Grapefruits and Minneola tangelos are also coming [...]

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Warm Greens Salad with Grapefruit

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Recipe by Delilah’s Farm for The FruitGuys INGREDIENTS 4 cups hearty greens (chard, kale, collards), cleaned, heavy stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped shallot or scallion 1 grapefruit White wine vinegar 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper PREPARATION With a paring knife, [...]

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POW! Right in the Kisser

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By Heidi Lewis Grapefruit will not be ignored. If you dig into one, you are just as likely to get a clownish squirt in the eye as to have your other senses treated to a trumpeter’s storm of fragrance and color. The aroma of a grapefruit can hit high notes Maynard Ferguson can’t reach. It [...]

Preparation Tips

Serve in the classic style—cut through the equator and spoon out its segments—or “supreme” grapefruit by cutting away peel and pith and slicing out the juicy segments from between the membranes. Most grapefruit these days is sweet enough as-is and doesn’t need sugar.

Storage Tips

Grapefruit will keep on the counter for a few days or in the fridge for a week or two.
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Simple Beet Salad

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Recipe by Rebecca Dienner for The FruitGuys INGREDIENTS Beets, 2–3 large or 4–6 small, trimmed and well cleaned 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced (yellow, white, red, or green) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon zest Salt and pepper to taste Optional additions: Sliced orange, tangerine, or grapefruit; sliced avocado; fresh [...]

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The Bright Sunshine of Citrus

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The Season of the Navel Orange, Grapefruit, and Mandarin By Heidi Lewis The bright sunshine of citrus has begun streaming in! Although ostensibly citrus is available year-round, a series of citrus characters will step in and out of the citrus odyssey. We like to give them heroic epithets as Homer gave his gods and goddesses [...]

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Hybrids vs. GMOs

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Dear FruitFriends, In the following article, Heidi Lewis writes about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and more specifically what they are (and are not) relative to food. The FruitGuys has always held the policy that we will never include GMOs in our fruit or vegetable mixes. We support the drive to label GMOs that is wending [...]

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Fresh Citrus Granita

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Recipe courtesy of Delilah’s Farm INGREDIENTS 1 cup fresh citrus juice (orange, grapefruit, tangerine, etc.) Equal parts sugar and water, 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup (depending on preferred level of sweetness or types of citrus used) 2 teaspoons citrus zest PREPARATION In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar until the sugar is completely [...]

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Grapefruit Kiwi Salad

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Courtesy of Delilah’s Farm INGREDIENTS 1 grapefruit, peeled and sectioned 1 kiwi, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices 2 cups lettuce, torn or chopped into bite-sized pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil or any nut oil 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped nuts, e.g., walnuts or [...]

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FruitGuy Noir: Ginny Grapefruit

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By Chris Mittelstaedt It was the kind of month that gave a grown man a hangnail—the really nasty kind that snags easily on wool sweaters in dry fall air and requires Neosporin and a superhero Band-Aid. I had been working a case that had me stumped. Ginny Grapefruit had rolled into my office looking for her roots. [...]

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Rosemary Citrus Granita

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Recipe courtesy of Delilah’s Farm INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary 1 cup citrus juice, orange and grapefruit combined 1 tablespoon citrus zest, orange and grapefruit combined PREPARATION In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar until the sugar is completely melted. Remove from heat and add the [...]

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Fennel, Pear, Grapefruit, and Pecan Salad

By Bridget Meigs INGREDIENTS Salad: 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed (optional: reserve a few furry leaves to add) 1 large ripe pear 1 grapefruit 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped Honey mustard dressing: 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon runny honey 1/3 cup fresh grapefruit juice 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil [...]

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Refreshing Summer Salad with Grapefruit, Cherry Tomatoes, and Radishes

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 5 tablespoons olive oil 4 cups Romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and ripped into bite-sized pieces 1 grapefruit, peeled, pith removed, and sections cut from membranes 1 cup cherry tomatoes, washed and cut in half 1/2 cup radishes, scrubbed, ends removed and thinly sliced [...]

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Ponce Upon A Time. . .

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Day 26: The marsh of cubicles has cursed our party. We lost Lenny two days ago to the gurgling fried dough found in the quicksand pits of a budget-planning meeting. Sue has been eating the native Bundt cake that grows wildly here and drinking soda like it was stagnant stump water. Her sugar crash-induced lethargy [...]

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The Book of Citrus

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Jonathan Sauer, in his book Historical Geography of Crop Plants: A Select Roster, notes that, “Almost nothing is certain about the natural geography and ecology of truly wild citrus. Both the distribution and genetics of the genus have been drastically modified in Asia by human intervention.”  Citrus is believed to have originated somewhere in Southeast [...]

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Gimme a C for Citrus!

When I was 15 I had two secret wishes: first to become a ninja, second to be an astronaut. As I was already practicing my throwing-stars and rubber nunchucks skills in the backyard, I decided to join the Civil Air Patrol (aka C.A.P.) I had a plan and it involved packing my young resume with [...]

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Grapefruit

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The first grapefruit was described in Barbados in 1750. It is relatively new to the citrus group.  Originally, grapefruit was most likely a naturally occurring hybrid between the pomelo and the sweet orange. The red grapefruit variety found a home and thrived in Texas and has consequently been partnered to the Rio Grande Valley. Reds [...]

Preparation Tips

Serve in the classic style—cut through the equator and spoon out its segments—or “supreme” grapefruit by cutting away peel and pith and slicing out the juicy segments from between the membranes. Most grapefruit these days is sweet enough as-is and doesn’t need sugar.

Storage Tips

Grapefruit will keep on the counter for a few days or in the fridge for a week or two.
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April Food’s Day

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April 1, 1878: Approximately one year after Thomas Edison debuted his first major invention, the phonograph, public perception held no limits on his genius. So when The New York Graphic announced that Edison had invented a machine that would end world hunger by transforming soil directly into cereal, and water directly into wine, the story [...]

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