101: An Apple a Day...

Well good morning, happy Thursday.  Last night we had the best time at our friends' house for dinner!  And boy, did they go all out: we had grilled surf & turf (scallops and steak) paired with wine.  To top of the meal, they whipped up some fresh cream for the homemade rhubarb crumble, and served it with a fresh honeydew/papaya/apple drink straight from their juicer. Speaking of fresh fruit...

Modern day transportation infrastructure makes us fortunate enough to have fruits available to us year round (usually at quite a high environmental cost).  However, fruits still do have a season - and it is during this season when you will find them at their peak quality (and minimum distance traveled to get to your table!).
APPLES: peak in the late summer and fall.  
Can store unwrapped in the refrigerator for a few weeks. 
Cut right before use, as they brown quickly when exposed to air.
BANANAS: peak in the fall and winter. 
Store at room temperature.  
As an ingredient in baked goods, overripe bananas are the best, so once they start to go bad on your counter, peel them, put them in a resealable bag, and store in the freezer until use. (If you are lazy like PAB, you can just throw them in the freezer unpeeled, though they are finger numbing to peel while defrosting you save a plastic bag!)
STRAWBERRIES: peak in the spring
BLUE/BLACK/RASPBERRIES: peak in summer and fall
Store in the refrigerator.  
If you are not using within one day, store in an airtight container with paper towels lining the top & bottom to absorb excess moisture & prevent molding.  Use within five days.  
Rinse berries right before you use them, not before you store them.
CRANBERRIES: peak in the late summer and early fall
Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Cranberries also freeze very well. 
GRAPES: peak in the summer and fall. 
Store in the refrigerator for up to one week. 
MANGOES: peak in the spring. 
Store at room temperature until ripe, then transfer to the refrigerator and enjoy within a week.

MELONS: peak in the summer and fall.
Store at room temperature for a few days.  Once ripe, place in the refrigerator (whole, or cut up in an airtight container).
PEARS: peak in the late summer through early spring.
Store at room temperature for a few days.  Once ripe, place in the refrigerator.
PINEAPPLES: peak in winter to summer.
Store at room temperature.
Waste not, want not
elz + pab


Rosemary said...

don't forget about local summer peaches with their furry skins and sweet, drip juicy flavor!

BLC :o said...

I never knew any of this! Oh the things I am going to learn ... and NEED to learn!!! Miss you much. Xoxo-BLC