Organic Picks of the Week 09/18/12

Best if Used By 09/25/12

Organic Picks of the week for September 18th, 2012 features
Honeycrisp Apples, Red Pears, Carrots, Thomcord Grapes,
and Kiwi Berries

Organic Honeycrisp Apples


The following is a Public Announcement for Organic Apple Lovers and Healthy Snackers:

Organic Honeycrisp Apples are now in season!

Explosively juicy. Crackingly crisp. Brightly flavorful – a tasty blend sweet and tart that keeps you interested with every bite. Something to anticipate each September through November – a seasonal treat. This is what Honeycrisp Apples are all about. Organic orchards in Washington state are now into their peak season harvests of Organic Honeycrisp Apples and the fruit tastes brilliant.

Organic Honeycrisp – crunchy, juicy, sweet and a little tangy.

Indeed, Organic Honeycrisp Apples are more expensive than other varieties because of high demand and they’re a little tricky to grow, but the delectable eating experience for this premium snacking apple is worth it for many! The juiciness explodes with flavor into your mouth. The sweet taste with a little tanginess underneath that keeps each bite so interesting. Nom-nom…

Organic Red Pears


So colorful, so sweet – Organic Red Pears are easy on the eyes and easy on the taste buds. Mid-September through November is the best time to behold and enjoy Organic Red Pears from California and primarily from the Pacific Northwest. They’re great for snacking and for dessert or salads. Right now, you’ll likely find this main early fall variety: Star Krimsons. Organic Star Krimsons have vivid, red skin and creamy, sweet flesh and floral aroma.

Organic Star Krimson Red Pears are now in their peak season.

Not ready to eat your pear? Put it in the fridge; it’ll stay firm for about a week. Want to ripen your Organic Star Krimson Red Pear to a smooth, juicy-sweet texture? Place it on your counter at room temperature. Star Krimsons, like Bartletts, are one of the few pear varieties to change color as they ripen. The skin turns a brighter shade of red and the skin becomes more tender and thin.

Organic Carrots


Sweet, crunchy Carrots: flavor and texture for your taste buds, plus lots of beta-carotene for antioxidant benefits and emerging research on cardio-vascular risk-reducing benefits. Late summer and early fall is the time of year when Carrots, both whole and peeled baby-cut, become even more popular in family fridge for snacks, lunches and cooking. And the timing is perfect since the sweetness becomes even more pronounced, particularly on organically grown Carrots.

Hold the salty snacks. Rip open a bag of sweet and crunchy Organic Baby Peeled Carrots!

With Organic Carrots from California in peak season right now, expect some ads and in-store specials on whole Organic Carrots and peeled baby-cut Organic Carrots. Whole Organic Carrots sold in 1lb, 2lb, 5lb bags are typically medium in width – ideal for raw and cooked recipes, for slicing, chopping, sticks and juicing. Cut and peeled Organic Baby Carrots are fantastic for snacking and steaming.

Organic Thomcord Grapes


Love the classic flavor of dark purple Concord Grapes, but get annoyed with the seeds and thick skins? Try Thomcord Grapes! They’re a seedless, thinner skinned variety of Grape that features that rich grape-juice flavor of Concords. Yum! Organically grown Thomcord Grapes from California are in season for a short window of time during September. Keep an eye out for Organic Thomcord Grapes at co-ops, natural foods stores, organic markets and produce departments that stock a broad selection of organic fruit.

Organic Thomcord Grapes: tastes like Concord Grape juice – no seeds.

Organic Kiwi Berries


A bite-sized, fuzz-less, sweet super fruit that looks like a mini-kiwi? – that’s a Kiwi Berry! There’s a short season each late September and early October for Organic Kiwi Berries. These little berries are best for snacking whole, but are sometime made into jellies or used in smoothies. Kiwi Berries are the size of a Grape, have smooth skin and are a surprisingly delectable sweet ‘n tangy snack! Skin color ranges from light green to dark green with patches of brown depending on the variety.

A cool specialty snack around for a short season.

Most Organic Kiwi Berries are grown in Oregon, but there is a significant organic grower in Pennsylvania that specializes in them. Unfortunately, the PA organic grower experienced some challenging weather this summer that damaged his later varieties, making his crop volume much smaller this year. Add that to the fact that Oregon’s production is down a bit this year too and it looks like this will be a fairly quick season. So, hopefully you get to try some soon!

IMPORTANT TIP: Kiwi Berries are picked hard and ripen off the vine. Do not eat them when the fruit is firm – it’ll be sour. Allow the berries to ripen at room temperature until the berries are soft and the skin begins to wrinkle. Then they’ll be really sweet! The softer they are and more wrinkled the skin is – the better the berry will taste!

What is Organic Produce?

Certified Organic Produce meets a set of standards for growing, handling and labeling that is governed by the USDA’s National Organic Program. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use synthetic chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers. The terms “Natural” and “Local” are not the same as “Organic.” Learn more about Organic.

Buy Smart. Shop Healthy. Live Organic.

The Produce Geek, Jonathan K. Steffy

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