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Market Outlook - November 16, 2017

new from twin peaks orchard

This week we are featuring two highly anticipated local crops- Satsuma Mandarins and Meyer Lemons from Twins Peaks Orchard (Newcastle, CA). Twin Peaks is a fifth generation family farm, established in 1912.

Satsuma Mandarins are a seedless, easy to peel mandarin with rich, tart-sweet flavor. Satsuma Mandarins thrive in the foothills of Placer County as both elevation and the pattern of cool nights contribute to a healthy crop. The first delivery of mandarins reveals an already ripe, sweet piece of fruit. We anticipate mandarins will remain available from now until early January. Available by the 25# case, or by the pound.

Meyer Lemons are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The Meyer is somewhat smaller than a regular lemon, rounder in shape, with smooth skin and a distinct taste as the flesh is much less acidic, making them sweeter than other varieties. The season runs from November through April and is off to an excellent start. Available in a 10# case, or by the pound.

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Market Outlook - November 9, 2017


Twin Peaks Orchards is now supplying us with a particular variety of persimmon that is truly an extraordinary piece of fruit. The variety is known as Hyakume. Basically, there are two types of persimmons- astringent and non-astringent. The Hachiya is the more widely known astringent type, while the Fuyu is the more popular non-astringent variety. Due to a high level of tannin, astringent persimmons are naturally ‘puckery’ and may not be desirable for consumption until they reach an advanced stage of maturity, becoming soft and jelly-like.

While the Hyakume falls into the astringent category, Twin Peaks has perfected a curing process that removes the astringent qualities from this persimmon leaving the Hyakume crisp, sweet and unmatched in flavor. The fruit is now called Amagaki, meaning sweet persimmon.

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