Apples get a lot of love—passion even. Favorite varieties are defended with vigor as if snack time were the Ninth Circuit Court. Some apples get lavished with adjectives that rival those of a sommelier at Le Cirque.
from Good Humus Produce, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
A combination of Royal and Blenheim Apricots From the Luxemburg Gardens in Paris to England’s Blenheim Palace to the imperiled orchards of Brentwood and ”˜Gilroy, California’s finest apricot has had a long journey. Whether you call it the Blenheim, the Royal or, covering all bases, the Royal Blenheim, this petite but sublime variety, compensates with great taste for what is lacks in good looks.
The Blenheim is a member of the Ark of Taste. This apricot has been prized since it was first grown in the Santa Clara Valley in 1900. Perfectly delicious, the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.
The Gravenstein Apple is dear to many apple lovers for its tart taste and superior juice, sauce, and pie abilities, but it is especially dear to the residents of Sebastopol, CA (Sonoma County) where the apple is grown in the U.S.
For many a peach eater, the stone fruit season is a quest in capturing a taste experience, be it from childhood or last year. “Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived. The odors of fruits waft me to my southern home, to my childhood frolics in the peach orchard,” wrote Helen Keller about sense memory. For me, jarring peaches is a ritual in capturing a season. An afternoon spent with the smell of fruit and syrup, the way they slip out of their skins and how the finished peaches in Ball jars look so picturesque and Martha Stewarty. I’m all set with my apron, my jazz, my sugar, my sterilized jars, and a box of Red Haven Peaches.
A limited time offer for California residents brought to you by The FruitGuys and Slow Food San Francisco.
This unique box includes a selection of very special heirloom and Ark of Taste produce, locally-sourced artisan food items, and an easy "do it yourself" kitchen project kit.
The Elephant Heart Plum is yet another Luther Burbank invention. Burbank had a Midas touch in plant breeding. He began with a dozen plum seeds from Japan - a distant exotic land in 1880. And now almost all plums hail from these Japanese ancestors. Elephant Heart or blood plums are a rich visual and taste sensation. So juicy one should be prepared with a napkin.