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July 20, 2015
Something To Think About
I'll tell you a big secret, my friend. Don't wait for the last judgement. It takes place every day.
- Albert Camus
July 20, 2015
Peaches and nectarines are popular stone fruits that both mature in mid to late summer. There is actually only one major difference that separates these two types of fruit, and it is notable to even the casual observer. A peach has fuzzy skin, while a nectarine does not. As a general rule, the fruits also have slightly different tastes and textures, but this is due more to breeder selection than to nature. They both have the same heady scent and rich flavor, and they can be used interchangeably in a wide assortment of foods.
Peaches have been grown in Asia for centuries, and they proved to be a popular export once they were introduced to the West. Nectarines were also grown in Asia, and early botanists noticed that nectarines sometimes appeared on a peach tree, or vice versa. Once genetics became more fully understood, scientists realized that the different between a peach and a nectarine was actually extremely small.
The difference comes down to one recessive gene, which determines whether or not the resulting fruit will be fuzzy. If both parent trees pass on a copy of this gene to a seedling, the result will be a nectarine. Otherwise, peaches and nectarines are genetically identical. Since many modern fruit trees are produced by cloning, this gene is not as large of an issue as it once was.
July 20, 2015
Peaches, Nectarines: The stone fruit harvest is fully under way across the major production regions of Washington state. This year most fresh crops along the west coast appear to be moving an average of 10 days ahead of normal. That's certainly the case with the Washington apricot, peach, nectarine, plum and prune crops. Their respective starts and projected ends of the season are both ahead of traditional benchmarks. The 2015 apricot season is winding to a close, with limited volumes of later varieties still available.
Strawberries: Warm and humid weather in California's Central Coast growing region continues to affect quality and availability of fruit. Fruit is ripening to full color very quickly, faster than it is sizing up so berries are full red, yet small in size.
Green Bell Peppers: Large sizes are in tight supply in California; prices continue to advance toward extreme levels. This tight market is the result of fewer acres that have been planted in California due to the drought, combined with high demand from Eastern buyers caused a weather-related shortage in the Southeast.
Honeydew Melons: The West Side is the main producer now. The peak size is currently 6s and is slowly shifting towards the larger sizes. The quality and sugar contents are high for the dews right now and this trend looks to continue. The market is currently steady on all sizes.
Bananas: It is reported that there are some issues caused by the continued rains in Costa Rica. Banana production has been seriously affected by what is now extensive flooding. The National Banana Corporation, Corbana, is estimating a 20m-box loss for 2015. We are seeing short product and rising prices.
Source: Washington Stone Fruit Update,
The Source, FreshPack
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