Featured Produce: Anaheim Peppers
Anaheim chiles received the name "Anaheim" due to the farmer, Emilio Ortega, who brought seeds of the chile to Anaheim, California, where he opened a pepper cannery in the late 19th century. Anaheim chiles were made famous by the brand Ortega, which has been selling them as a canned fire roasted chile pepper since 1897.
Raw Anaheim chiles are bright, succulent and slightly peppery in flavor. Cooked Anaheim chiles, whether slow roasted or grilled, have a sweeter and more tangy flavor. Anaheim chiles are commonly used to make chile rellenos. However, they can be included in a number of dishes that call for a mild, sweet chile.
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Recipe By: Avocados from Mexico
Apples & Pears
Honeycrisp apples are quickly finishing up. 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! The California cherry harvest is about 10 days away! California cherry volume will start out very limited, but better volumes will be available about the 3rd week in May.
Fun Fact: One of the most incredible natural features of the Opal Apple is that it does not brown after cutting!
Cantaloupe is now arriving from Costa Rica, Honduras, and Guatemala. Costa Rican cantaloupes have the best overall quality with the best BRIX and shelf life. Cantaloupe are peaking at 9ct. Domestic crops will start out of the desert around May 10th. Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica are winding up honeydew production. Mexico is just getting started with honeydew production. Honeydew is peaking at 5/6ct.
California, Texas, & Florida Citrus
California lemons continue to be in good supply. Demand has been good, and will increase as we get into warmer weather!
California W. Murcotts will go for another couple of weeks. We still have good availability of medium and small fruit.
California navel oranges are tightening up! Prices will continue to firm up as we get into late variety navel oranges.
California Cara Cara navels have been great this year! Some growers are finishing up with Cara Cara navels this week, but a few others expect to pack fruit through mid-April.
California minneola tangelos will remain available for a few more weeks. They are of excellent quality, with good demand on 80’s and larger. We are coming up with a few more 100s and 125s, so call for special offers!
California Heirloom navels are on final floor counts.
Gold nugget mandarins are in good production and should go for another 4 weeks. They taste great and they are packed in bulk, 2lb, or 3lb bags! We have available volume for ads.
Texas early oranges, of the Valencia variety, will go through April! Demand is excellent for these tasty treats, and we have good availability of 72s and larger!
Texas Rio Star grapefruit is winding down, with a few growers finishing. Some larger growers will go through April, but only on a limited basis.
Florida grapefruit and tangerines are done for the season. We still have a good supply of valencia and juice oranges from Florida. Both of these varietals are delicious and super juicy!
Fun Fact: Lemons are believed to be a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.
Potato and Onion Update
Hearty and wholesome!
Western Washington has finished with their yellow potatoes for the season, but they’ll continue packing red potatoes for the next month or so. Eastern Washington and Idaho are packing both red and yellow potatoes. White and yellow potatoes are finished in Bakersfield, California. Coachella, California is packing white, red & yellow potatoes. 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 a 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! Some Idaho growers are done with their shipping of onions. The storage yellow onion market is getting stronger on the larger sizes. 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 onions, with more growers coming online next week.
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.
Tommy Atkins mangoes, out of Mexico, are making their way in! Their quality appears to be very nice, with sizing peaking on 8’s and 9’s. Tommy Atkins supply remains somewhat limited, but production should increase in a couple of weeks. Ataulfo mangoes are readily available! We have a decent supply of most sizes. Give us a call for availability!
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.
Size 200 and larger limes remain in short supply.
Fun Fact: India is the greatest producer of limes in the world.
Cantaloupe is now arriving from Costa Rica, Honduras, and Guatemala. Costa Rican cantaloupes have the best overall quality with the best BRIX and shelf life. Cantaloupes are peaking at 9ct. Domestic crops will start out of the desert around May 10th. Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica are winding up honeydew production. Mexico is just getting started with honeydew production. Honeydew is peaking at 5/6ct.
Flavorful and colorful!
New crop organic acorn squash and butternut squash are coming out of Baja, Mexico. Mini watermelon will be available out of Baja next week. The Coachella valley has started with hot peppers. Anaheim peppers are available this week, with jalapeno and serrano becoming available next week.
Fun Fact: Serranos are the hottest peppers commonly available in the U.S.