Fruit + Mouth = YUM

Share this post

When you read a digital clock, do you try to make equations out of the time? When you're driving, do you calculate factors of the mile markers and add license plate numbers up to 24? I do. But sometimes my daydreams about being John Nash don't add up in the fruit world. How do you define delicious? Randall Munroe, former-robotics-scientist-at-NASA-turned-cartoonist, has come up with this illustrated index of fruits, plotted in quadrants measuring "Tasty" vs. "Easy." Of course, the index is based on Munroe's personal preferences. And despite his obvious citrus bias, if a Satsuma Mandarin were plotted, it would go off the charts in both Tasty and Easy! The Satsuma is the smallish, lumpy, occasionally wrinkled-looking piece of citrus in all customers' crates this time of year. The skin naturally hangs a little bit loose around the sections inside the fruit. This is perfectly normal and one of the Satsuma's finest attributes. Some folks refer to the Satsuma as a Zipper-Peel Mandarin, because opening one up is as easy as using a zipper. Just poke your thumb into the loose skin at the base, and zip away. This is the easiest piece of citrus you'll ever eat. For those of you who haven't tried a Satsuma before, don't be intimidated by the loose-skin feel and appearance, it may seem a little unusual, but trust us, it's normal.

There are some areas where math and fruit intersect more seriously. One measure used to quantify the expected sweetness in a piece of fruit is called the Brix scale, named for scientist Adolph Brix who formulated it. To measure a fruit's Brix number, a drop of juice from the fruit is placed on a slide and viewed through a hand-held refractometer. The refractometer can identify the concentration of natural sugar solids present in the juice, which is translated to a Brix that correlates with expected taste of sweetness. A point on the Brix scale is worth a little over one percent sugar solids, and each fruit has it's own score range - an extremely sweet apple will have a Brix of 17 or 18, but a peach may check in with a Brix score in the 60s. You will find lots of high-Brix, Easy, and Tasty treats in your crates this week.
You can see your regional mix here.

Enjoy and be fruitful!
-Jeff Koelemay info@fruitguys.com

 

Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required

 

Recent The FruitLife articles:

Beehives, swales, and vermicomposting, oh my!
April 29, 2019
Spring fruit varieties and how to enjoy them
April 16, 2019
A tribute to the “Lemon Lady” of Redwood City
March 11, 2019
The FruitGuys New Year’s poem
January 8, 2019
Sowing the seeds of entrepreneurship
October 31, 2018
Give the delicious gift of farm-fresh fruit and healthy snacks
October 4, 2018
Summer to fall transition brings new fruit into the rotation
October 2, 2018
Bring some fruitful fun to your workplace on Tuesday, October 2
September 27, 2018
Farmer suicide is a public health threat and could hurt our food supply
August 14, 2018
How to keep your favorite fruit fresh through the summer heat
July 19, 2018

More recent articles:

Quick, easy steps to spruce up your office space
May 14, 2019
Grilled portobello recipe
May 9, 2019
How to prepare physically and mentally for race day
May 9, 2019
Three simple ways to enjoy watermelon radishes
May 2, 2019
Easy spring salad recipe
April 25, 2019
Reduce plastic use with these earth-friendly alternatives
April 22, 2019
Food:
History of the tomato
April 18, 2019
How to make sure you’re getting enough iron in your diet
April 11, 2019
How fostering psychological safety increases performance
April 8, 2019
Food:
How to prepare Ataulfo mango
April 4, 2019

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.