We have many varieties of Asian pears (or nashi) ripe at the orchard now. Asian pear varieties we have are hosui, (an early, juicy brown variety), yoi and shinko which are light brown, sweet, crisp and juicy. We also have New Century and 20th Century Asian pears. Both are larger round yellow varieties, with 20th Century being more green-yellow when ripe and very crisp. Asian pears are supposed to be eaten when they're crisp like an apple, rather than soft like European pears. They're very refreshing and juicy, especially if you eat them from the refrigerator on a hot day. They can also be used fresh in salads or cooked like European pears and apples in pies and other desserts.
We still have lots of tomatoes coming in from the gardens, too. This year heirloom tomatoes grew well in the unusual weather, so we have a lot more than usual. If you need tomatoes for canning or freezing we still have a good supply.
Along with honey from bees at our orchard, we now have star thistle honey from Lincoln at the fruit stand, too.
At the fruit stand we have:
- Asian Pear--Hosui, Kosui, Yoi, Shinko, New Century, 20th Century
- Plums--Casselman, Kelsey, Friar, Laroda
- European Pear--Bartlett
- Apples--Red Delicious, Golden Delicious
- Figs--Kadota, Black Mission
- Vegetables--tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant, long beans, peppers, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, basil, oregano, mint
- Honey--from bees at our orchard, starthistle honey from Lincoln