From 1976 until 2003, the Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde jet ruled the supersonic skies between Paris, London, New York, and Washington, DC. With its gracefully long down-turned nose, slender fuselage and recognizable delta wing shape, the Concorde suggested an air of effortless elegance, even while servicing its high-speed need-it-right-now jet-set clientele. Just like the Concorde Pear. Notice any resemblance?
FruitFriends, start your engines! West coast customers, watch out for the organic Concorde Pears in your crates this week - they're narrow-necked and graceful like the jet, and guaranteed to deliver a sonic taste-boom between takeoff (from your hand) and landing (in your mouth). Also true to the urgently paced, Mach-inducing name, a Concorde Pear is ready to eat as soon as you pick it up. Unlike many pear varieties, which are astringent if eaten too soon, a Concorde is a delicious choice when firm and crisp. When eaten crisp, the pear has a wonderfully unique citrus-lemony twang in the flesh and skin that dissipates into more abundant juice and saccharine sweetness as it ripens. A Concorde, like a Bartlett, will become yellower, softer, and mellower in flavor the longer you wait and watch it. I've always loved to eat my Concordes as early and crisp as possible, but maybe I'm just a jet-setting type of guy. If you've got a more "Mello Yello" approach, these pears are delicious when soft as well.
Also on the West coast, we're featuring Minneola Tangelos from our friends Jack and Betty Jo Hildebrand at Pleasant Valley Ranch in Springville, CA. The Hildebrands have been sharing their award-winning oranges with us this season and we're pleased to have another of their varieties this week. The Minneola is the dark-orange skinned, grenade-shaped piece of citrus in the crate with a knob sticking out at one end. To open, just tear off the knob, and the rest of the peel should easily follow. But keep a napkin handy - Minneolas often have thinner segment membranes than other types of citrus, and are more susceptible to dripping their syrupy-sweet juice as a result. But trust us, getting sticky fingers is well worth this golden treat.
East coast customers will continue to see a veritable citrus color wheel in their boxes, featuring traditional orange Navels, ruby-red Blood Oranges, and pink Cara Caras. The Cara Cara may appear similar to a Navel on the outside, but inside the flesh is bright pink, and has a higher sugar content. And Midwest customers can get in on the color wheel act with their delicious Red Flame Grapefruit.
See your regional mix here.
Enjoy and be fruitful!