Apples, Cherries, & Pears

The apple market is firm due to decreasing supply. Some apple varieties, such as braeburn, jonagold, red rome, and cameo, are finished for the season. We have plentiful supplies of granny smith apples. California apple season should start with the harvest of gala apples in about three weeks. Northwest pears are finished for the season, but California pears will begin harvest next week with red pears and bartletts. Northwest cherries will continue being harvested until mid-to-late August. Cherry sizes continue to be larger, with short supply on smaller sizes.

Fun Fact: One of the most incredible natural features of the Opal Apple is that it does not brown after cutting!

Melons

Domestic cantaloupe and honeydew, out of the west side, are in full production. Watermelons are also being harvested domestically.

 

 

Citrus: California & Imported

California lemons are extremely tight.

California star ruby grapefruit looks and tastes delicious! Their sizes are peaking at 40/48 followed by 36’s and larger. These summertime favorites will run for a couple more weeks.

California valencia oranges are in full swing! They look and taste fantastic. Smaller fruit is harder to come by, as the hot days and cool night are bringing on larger sizes.

Peruvian and Chilean clementines are ramping up on the East and West coasts! Their coloring is medium orange, and sizing is small to medium.

Chilean lemons have started off in a light way, with higher prices at the moment.

Australian daisy tangerines have begun. These are a summer favorite for citrus lovers!

Chilean navel oranges have begun! Their sizes are peaking on 88/72’s for first arrivals. Fukumoto is the opening variety, and they look wonderful!

Fun Fact: Lemons are believed to be a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.

 

Potato and Onion Update

Hearty and wholesome!

Bakersfield, California is winding down on yellow, and white potatoes. Bakersfield will continue packing red potatoes for about one week. Eastern Washington and Stockton, California are packing new-crop red and yellow potatoes. Stockton has had an optimal growing season and the potato quality out of Stockton should be excellent!

Fun Fact: Many people think Potatoes are vegetables but, in fact, potatoes are legumes! A legume is plant that is able to fix nitrogen from the air and put it into the soil, and potatoes do just that.

 

Washington and Idaho continue to pack storage-crop russet potatoes of variable quality. Washington is expected to begin packing new-crop russets at the end of the month.

Fun Fact: Idaho, the present-day largest producer of potatoes, actually did not begin growing potatoes until 1836!

 

Central California is packing red, white, and yellow onions. Onion quality has been good, but their sizes are running a bit larger. Washington is packing over-winter onions. Their quality has generally been good, and they’re smaller in size than the onions coming out of California. The onion market is feeling upward pressure on all three colors, so prices are expected to increase.

Fun Fact: The pungent juice of onions has been used as a moth repellent and can be rubbed on the skin to prevent insect bites.

 

 

Tropicals

Tommy Atkins mangoes are increasing in volume, and they’re peaking on sizes 9’s, 10’2, and 12’s. Ataulfo mangoes are of very nice quality, though their volume is winding down.
Fun Fact: Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D.

 

Lime quality is very nice, with sizes continuing to peak on 200’s followed by 175’s. Lime volumes are steady and pricing is stable.

Fun Fact: India is the greatest producer of limes in the world.

Melons

Domestic cantaloupe and honeydew, out of the west side, are in full production. Watermelons are also being harvested domestically.

Latin Products

Flavorful and colorful!

We are experiencing a small gap in hot peppers from Baja, Mexico. There will be light supplies out of Baja this summer, due to a lack of water and some farmers choosing not to grow peppers this year. Pasilla peppers are coming from Chihuahua, Mexico, but other areas in Mexico are being affected by rain. Maricopa County, in Bakersfield, CA, is finished with hot peppers as it is too hot in this area. Santa Maria, California has started with some tomatillo peppers. Jalapeno and pasilla peppers are still a few weeks out from this area.

Fun Fact: Serranos are the hottest peppers commonly available in the U.S.