Groundhog Day... AgainPosted on February 09, 2009
I wake up, peel back my pear of blankets, and leap into the shower singing "The Lime and the Coconut." I dress to the nines in my favorite Banana Suit and have a delicious FruitGuys breakfast, including Organic 20th-Century Asian Pears and W. Murcott tangerines from Friend's Ranch in Ojai, CA. I grab my HealthCase/Briefcase and I'm out the door for another day of spreading fruit and happiness. Hello world! ... "The Lime and The Coconut," and The Shower. I pull on the Banana Suit and have a delicious FruitGuys breakfast ... I grab my HealthCase and I'm out the door... I wake up in the shower already wearing the Banana Suit. Panicked, I race downstairs and grab my HealthCase only to find a Lime and a Coconut inside together... what the heck is happening? Then it hits me: GROUNDHOG DAY. Must be dreaming. I shake Bill Murray out of my head, remind myself my life is not a movie, and wake up relieved, whistling... "The Lime and the Coconut."
Last week our fur-weathered forecasting friend, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow and declared six more weeks of winter. This is great news, FruitFriends! That's six more seasonal weeks of delectable delicious delights in your FruitGuys Crate. Rebecca-the-Remarkable and Dan-of-Derring-Do have pulled off some fantastic feats of fruitdom for us this week. The Organic 20th-Century Asian Pear is a fresh crop coming out of Washington, and we're proud to report that the crunch, juice, and taste sensation has our usually Equable Erik unequivocally Elated. With juice all a-drip down his chin, he pronounced them "exquisite." These blast-from-the-past, Back-To-The Fu-Pears are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber, and contain only about 100 calories each. The 20th-Century Pear can (and should) be eaten when still firm and crisp. Asian Pears do not continue to ripen and will only become soft and mealy if left out. Unrefrigerated it should hold its crunch for up to one week. So don't be shy - grab it right now and crunch away. And what about that Murcott tangerine? My first thought was that the W in W. Murcott must stand for "Wow, that's delicious." The W. Murcott is an old tangor variety originally cultivated in Florida by a gentleman named W.T. Swingle. It was later propagated by two other growers, Charles Murcott Smith and J. Ward Smith. W. Murcotts are also a great source of Vitamin C and fiber, high in sugar content and can contain a few seeds. To find out what's in your regional mix, don't forget to check out www.fruitguys.com/mix.shtml. Enjoy and be fruitful!