The Winter-Banana Apple, September 26, 2005

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The Winter Banana is an heirloom apple that originated in 1876 at Flory Farm in Cass County, Indiana. It made its public debut in 1890. It has a pale yellow, waxy finish with a blush of pink. These are from Gowans farm in Philo, CA (the same farm we received the one of a kind French-butter pears from last week). These apples have been described as having an aroma that reminds folks of bananas, thus their name. I find them to have a lovely, light earthy smell but a combination of sweet and tart to the taste. Please Note: These apples are very dense. To fully enjoy them I cut thin slices off of them and then eat rather than eating out of hand. You can really pick up their flavor better and not be overwhelmed by the rich-flesh of the fruit. We strive to bring you things you can’t easily get in stores – this heirloom apple is one of them. Enjoy!
What is in season?
As you may have noticed, the seasons are changing. Here is a quick list of some of the fall fresh items reflected in our crates:
Honey Crisp Apple: Possibly our sweetest apple this week. It truly does have hints of honey flavor amongst a clean and refreshing taste. From Sebastopol, CA & Washington State
Fuji Apple: One of the most popular apples. It has slight hints of vanilla and is juicy and sweet. From CA and WA
Newton Pippin Apple: This green apple is our “tart” representative of the bunch. We get them right off the trees in Watsonville, CA.
Red Sensation Pear: This red, speckled, rustic pear is firm but ripens nicely. Ready when it gives under slight pressure. It will have a sweet, Bartlett-like taste with very slight hints of berry. From Ukiah, CA
Bosc Pear: The traditional golden brown bosc; crunchy and juicy when ripe. From Ukiah, CA
Bartlett Pear: Again from Johnson farm in Ukiah, CA. This green pear will turn yellow as it ripens. It’s very sweet and lemony as it softens. Enjoy!


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