Apples, Cherries, & Pears

The red delicious market is firming up due to heavy export into India and Mexico. Apples are sizing up a bit overall. We have aggressive promotional pricing available on bagged apples! We have good availability of red and green anjou pears. Domestic bosc pears are very close to being finished. Imported bartlett and packham pears are available. Imported bosc pears, from Chile, have arrived. The California cherry harvest is underway! California cherry volume will be very limited for the season.

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

Melons

Cantaloupe is still arriving from Costa Rica. Domestic crops have started out of the desert. Mexican Honeydew is available, and peaking at 5/6ct.

 

Citrus: California & Mexico

California lemons continue to be in good supply. Demand has been good, and will increase as we get into warmer weather! Prices on these tangy classics will also continue to strengthen.

 

California W. Murcotts are winding down with only a few growers still packing fruit. What we do have available will continue to ship to program. We are looking forward to imported clementines that will start by mid/late May on the West Coast!

 

California navel oranges continue to wind down. A few larger growers are doing what they can to stretch out the season, but there are only a few more weeks left. Prices will continue to strengthen as we continue to ship late variety navel oranges and finish up the season. California navel orange eating quality remains excellent, with peak sizes at 40’s and 48’s, followed by 56’s and 36’s.

 

California Cara Cara navels have been great this year, but they are finished for the season.

 

Gold nugget mandarins are on final floor counts.

 

Mexican valencia orange supplies will go for a few more weeks. The fruit is eating excellently, with great sugar and solids. These tart treats are peaking on size 72’s, followed by 88’s and 56’s. Call for promotional pricing!

 

Fun facts: Oranges contain vitamin C, fiber, potassium and choline, which are all good for your heart

 

Potato and Onion Update

Hearty and wholesome!

Western Washington is finishing up their packing of colored potatoes for the season. Eastern Washington and Idaho still have a ways to go on both red and yellow potatoes. White, red, and yellow potatoes are being harvested in both Coachella and Bakersfield, California. Florida is also packing red, white, and yellow potatoes.

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, Oregon, and Idaho continue to pack russet potatoes. The market is getting stronger on the count cartons, and russet quality is variable. Large cartons, 50-70ct, are demanding significantly higher prices.

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

 

White, yellow, and red onion quality and supply have been good from Washington! Mexico is winding down on their onion crop. Texas is packing 1015 sweet onions, and their quality is very good with plenty available. California has started new crop yellow, white, and red onions. Vidalia, Georgia is now packing sweet onions.

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, out of Mexico, are the prevalent variety available now! Their quality remains very nice, with sizing peaking on 10’s and 12’s, followed by 14’s and a few 9’s. Ataulfo mangoes, also of very nice quality, are somewhat limited due to low production in the growing areas. Give us a call for availability!

Fun Fact: Legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree..

 

Lime quality is very nice, with sizes continuing to peak on 230’s and 250’s. Size 200 and larger limes remain in short supply. Call us for promotable prices on 230’s and smaller!

Fun Fact: Limes have higher contents of sugars and acids than Lemons do.

 

Melons

Cantaloupe is still arriving from Costa Rica. Domestic crops have started out of the desert. Mexican Honeydew is available, and peaking at 5/6ct.

 

Latin Products

Flavorful and colorful!

Most areas out of southern Sinaloa are done with chili peppers. Some growers will move further south to Guanajuato and Aguascalientes, México. Baja will have their first shot of pasilla peppers this weekend. These are just first cuts and are a warm-up for more peppers to come. Tomatillo peppers are coming from Mexicali, with volumes increasing over the next few weeks. We only have a few weeks left of hot peppers out of the California desert before we move to Salma in June.

Fun Facts: The vitamin C found in tomatillos can help to boost the immune system