February 26, 2021

Recipe Roundup: Kumquats

 
Kumquats come in a variety of colors, including a variegated yellow and green striped kumquat that's ready to eat. A Centennial Kumquat (or Orange Kumquat) is the most commonly seen, and is similar to a Nagami kumquat, but rounder, and slightly larger than an olive.

The flesh of the kumquat is sweet and the inside is tart, the opposite of what you would expect with citrus. You eat the whole thing, skin, seeds and all when enjoying a kumquat. Though kumquats are a delight to eat as a snack, they're also delicious candied and used as a garnish on cupcakes, drinks or on a cheese plate. Check out our collection of sweet and savory kumquat recipes.

Recipe Roundup: Kumquats

Kumquat & Blood Orange Smoothie

This smoothie is pretty in pink!  It has a sweet tart and tangy citrus flavor…. Perfect to wake you up in the morning or for a refreshing snack during the day.

Recipe Roundup: Kumquats

Kumquat Salsa

This kumquat salsa has a crunchy citrus flavor combined with the tart red onion and a perfect amount of spice from the red pepper flakes. Scoop up with your favorite chip or cracker or use over fish, chicken or steak.

Recipe Roundup: Kumquats

Grapefruit-Kumquat Scones

These scones are easy and quick to make for a deliciously citrus delight. They are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Recipe Roundup: Kumquats

Kumquat, Cucumber & Avocado Salad

This salad is simple to make with a spicy peppery bite from the watercress, sweet citrus from the kumquats and fresh crunchy cucumbers.

Recipe Roundup: Kumquats

Kumquat Marmalade

Kumquat marmalade has a sweet, tart and tangy flavor which is perfect over your favorite pastry or biscuit.

Recipe Roundup: Kumquats

Kumquat and Pistachio Bites

These sweet, tart and nutty little delights will impress your family and friends and you'll end up making them all winter long -- luckily they're easy to make!
 
Recipe Roundup: Kumquats

Candied Kumquat and Ricotta Tart

Candied kumquats are tart sweet and tangy over creamy ricotta cheeses and a crunchy buttery tart shell. Garnish with candied fennel seeds for a sweet decoration.

Recipe Roundup: Kumquats

Kumquat Cucumber Moscow Mule

This Moscow mule is delightfully refreshing. The kumquats are a perfect citrus to use when combined with crispy cucumbers and bubbly ginger beer. Leave out the alcohol for a fun mocktail!

How To Add Farm Stand Products to Your Delivery:
CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. Market is open from noon on Thursday until 11 am, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add the products to your delivery.

Not part of our farm family? Find out if we deliver to your neighborhood. You can even get your whole office in on the fun with our office snack packs. Find more information about our office deliveries here.
 
 

October 15, 2020

Fall Harvest: Apple Guide

Fall-harvest-apple-guide Fall season is upon us, and with it comes some of our favorite treats. No, we’re not talking about pumpkin spice… We’re talking about apples! Apple pies, apple muffins, apple cider. We love apples baked into our desserts, tossed into salads, blended into butternut squash soup, and of course, simply on their own as the perfect sweet snack. You may have noticed the many apple options available to you when customizing your farm box. Today we will take a look at the flavor profiles of some of our favorite apple varieties, and for what uses they are best suited!
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Fuji

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, Fuji is your answer. Fuji apples were discovered in the 1930s in Fujisaki, Japan (hence the name). They are a hybrid of Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, a less common apple that lends Fuji its beautiful pink hue. Sweet and juicy, biting into a Fuji apple will make you feel like you’re drinking fresh-squeezed apple juice. Fuji apples are most commonly eaten raw. They do hold their shape well when baked; however, they are very juicy so be cautious of extra moisture when baking. We especially love Fuji apples for making apple butter and homemade applesauce.

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Gala

Gala apples are also extremely popular for eating raw. Originating from New Zealand, they are related to the Golden Delicious variety. Gala apples are a little less sweet than Fujis, but their semi-sweet flavor features hints of vanilla and floral notes. They are firm and crisp, with a creamy yellow interior. Gala apples tend to be smaller in size, making them great for on-the-go snacking. Gala apples are wonderful when sliced and tossed in a salad.

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Granny Smith

A tried and true favorite, Granny Smith apples are good for pretty much everything - snacking, cooking, baking, freezing. They don’t brown easily, making them ideal for a fruit salad or fruit platter. Maria Ann Smith discovered these green apples growing in Australia in the late 1800s. They became popular in the 1960s when they were grown commercially in Washington. Granny Smiths are a favorite for baking - we love how their tart flavor balances out the sweetness of a brown sugar crumble topping.

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Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp apples are perfectly described by their name - sweet like honey with a crisp texture that snaps when you bite into it. New on the scene, Honeycrisp apples were first created in the early 1990s by the University of Minnesota’s apple breeding program. They have a juicy flavor that balances sweetness and acidity. Their texture and flavor holds up extremely well, making them great for apple tarts and pies.

September 2, 2020

California-Grown Keitt Mangoes

California Grown Keitt Mangoes

Super sweet and oh-so-delicious, Keitt (pronounced keet) mangoes are grown here in sunny California! Did you know that Keitt mangoes are left on the tree longer than imported mangoes? This results in them being a sweeter tasting fruit with a nice, smooth texture.

California Grown Keitt Mango

Don't let the green fool you!

Though their skin may turn a bit golden, Keitt mangos may remain a deep green even when ripe! To check for ripeness, give it a slight squeeze, and it should yield under gentle pressure - similar to an avocado. If your mango still needs a little time to finish ripening, leave it out at room temperature. Once ripe, you can store it in the fridge and use within a few days.  
 

HOW TO CUT A MANGO

The flesh of the mango is a striking golden-orange. There is a large flat seed in the center that needs to be removed. Learn how to easily cube your mango using these quick steps in the video above.

 

FRESH MANGO RECIPES 

California Grown Keitt Mangoes

 

Watermelon Mango Salsa

A little sweet and spicy, this cool and crisp salsa is delicious on chips, crackers or tacos. It's the perfect recipe to try with your California Grown Keitt Mangoes! 

Click here for the recipe.

California Grown Keitt Mangoes

 

Mango Lassi

This refreshing mango drink is perfect for a hot summer day or when eating something spicy.

Ingredients:
(serves two)
1 Keitt mango
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
4 teaspoons sugar, to taste
1 dash ground cardamom
coconut flakes for garnish (optional)

Directions:
Peel and remove the pit from the mango, then chop the flesh into chunks and measure out one cup (reserve the rest for another recipe.) Put the mango, yogurt, milk, sugar and cardamom into a blender and blend for 2 minutes.

Pour into glasses and serve. Sprinkle with coconut or more cardamom if desired.


California Grown Keitt Mangoes

 

Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Chip

This salsa is like a mini fruit salad that you eat with cinnamon-sugar chips. Our favorite part about this recipe is how adaptable this salsa can be. In the summer, you could easily make this salsa and feature mango, cantaloupe, or peaches. We enjoy eating this salsa with homemade sugar chips, but this sweeter salsa would also be good with yogurt, topped on oatmeal or plain as a snack. Store leftover salsa in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Click here for the recipe.

California Grown Keitt Mangoes

 

Mighty Mango & Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients:
(serves one)
1 Keitt mango, pit removed and peeled
1 avocado, pit removed and peeled
1 cup strawberries, stems removed
1/4 or more apple juice

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until combined. Add more apple juice depending on your smoothie thickness preference (more apple juice will help thin the smoothie out and make it easier to sip through a straw).

How To Add Mangoes and Farm Stand Products to Your Delivery:
CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. Market is open from noon on Thursday until 11 am, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add the products to your delivery.

Not part of our farm family? Find out if we deliver to your neighborhood. You can even get your whole office in on the fun with our office snack packs. Find more information about our office deliveries here.