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Summertime Drupes
Summertime Drupes Summer is here, and that means all those succulent stone fruits (or drupes) are out and at peak flavor. Being a smaller, upscale store, I usually stock just the super-sweet white variety of peaches and nectarines as soon as they become available (which they are right now). Also in stock are white donut (or Saturn) peaches. Donut peaches are flatter and wider than normal peaches, which makes them ideal for the smaller hands of a child. Red-flesh plums, apricots, and pluots are now in stock and are all tasty summertime treats as well.

Pluots are a complex hybrid fruit, being three-quarters plum and one-quarter apricot (not to be confused with the Aprium, the Peacotum, or the Plumcot, which are hybrids with varying degrees of percentages). Of course, there have been a multitude of varieties of pluots developed. At the time of this writing, The Market has the Flavorosa, the Sugarosa, Flavor Royal varieties on our shelf. Pluots have always been a favorite of mine due to their very high sugar content and intense flavor.

And lastly, the tiny jewel of summer: red bing cherries! Bing cherries are large, dark, and very sweet. Fans of the white rainier cherry will have to wait a bit longer. They are very sensitive to temperature, wind, and rain, and this has caused some delays in getting great quality. Though I've already had a few cases in the store, I had to turn each of them away. But keep an eye out for them, because they will soon arrive!
About John

John Darlington has been involved with produce for over half of his life, concentrating in smaller, local markets. Check out John's blog every month to learn what's new and exciting in the wonderful world of fresh produce.


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• A Year in Review
• Quizzo Stumper
• More to Find in Produce
• Broccoli Rabe vs. Broccolini
• The Genus Allium
• More for 2009!
• Oranges and Pears Abound
• Variety in Aisle One
• Holiday Fun
• Falling for Fall
• Don't Be Mad at the Avocado
• Summertime Drupes
• The Big Salad Bar Secret
• The Largest Citrus Fruit
• Red Bananas
• Flat Parsley vs. Curly Parsley
• Chinese White Ya Pear
• Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams
• Veggies for Game Day
• Honeybell Tangeloes
• New Arrival: Chayote Squash
• Grape Tomatoes
• Blood Oranges are Back


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