Monday, January 11, 2010

Winter Transition Time

Last week we picked the first grapefruit and naval oranges.  These are the last two fruits of the winter that we'll be picking. As these last citrus fruits are ripening at the orchard, the blossoms on the ume trees are about to pop.  Ume is a small, sour Japanese plum, and one of the first spring fruits.   We expect the late spring/early summer fruits such as ume, loquat, cherries, and apricots in May. 

The last few sticks of hoshigaki are drying on the racks and we are trying to get the last orders packed and sent out.  Most of the persimmons are soft now, so the week and the next will probably be the last few weeks we'll have any available.  

Here's what you'll find at the fruit stand:

  • Mandarins--owari satsuma
  • Oranges--navel
  • Grapefruit--white variety
  • Lemons--Meyer, Eureka 
  • Persimmons--hachiya (soft), fuyu (softening)
  • Asian Pear--okusankichi
  • Kiwi
  • Apples--fuji, pippin
  • Eggs
  • Honey--raw, untreated honey from bees at our orchard
  • Firewood--seasoned firewood (peach, plum, pear, persimmon)

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