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Did you know?…
The teams at our Distribution Centers go through a ripening process each & every time avocados arrive, to make sure they’re ripe & ready for you to enjoy? Below are a few of the steps they go through before arriving at your employee owned store:
- Fruit arrives at the DC, and is inspected for condition and ripeness (oil content and pressure).
- Avocados are placed in our 55 degree rooms to continue the ripening process.
- Individual fruits are inspected twice daily to evaluate progress.
- Once the fruit is ready, it is placed in a refrigerated cooler to slow down the process & ready to be delivered to your store.
- TIP: After you get home, if you want to slow down or stop the ripening process – avocados can be refrigerated for several days.
- Cut the top. Take a sharp knife (serrated works best) and slice off the top of the pomegranate, just below the stem….
- Score the skin….
- Break apart….
- Remove the arils (seeds)…
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- To ripen quickly, place bananas inside a paper bag, folding/wrapping the end so bag is closed.
- Use your nose to find the best cantaloupe. Ripe cantaloupe will smell very sweet and will be your best pick.
- Choose oranges that are firm and heavy for their size. The juiciest, sweetest oranges will have a sweet, clean fragrance.
- To find the best watermelons, tap it with a flat, open hand. A deep and thick sound will give you the best chances at finding a ripe and sweet melon.
- Choose cucumbers that have a good green color and are firm throughout. Good cucumbers usually have small bumps on the surface.
In Season, Fall 2015
- Apples (Honeycrisp, Fuji, Braeburn, Pink Lady)
- Pears (Bartlett, d’Anjou, Bosc)
- Grapes (Red Seedless)
- Pomegranate, Kiwi, Persimmons
- Navel Oranges
- Yams, Sweet Potatoes
- Hard Squash – Acorn/Danish, Spaghetti, Butternut
- Broccoli, Cauliflower