Agriculture

Fruit List

APPLES

APPLES

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Apples are rich in fiber and Vitamin C, and low calorie with only 95 kcal per one medium-sized apple, so they are great for healthy snacks. Also, apples come in so many different varieties such as Fuji, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith, that you may have a hard time choosing which to buy at a grocery store. United States is the second largest producer of apples in the world after China. Washington State produces more than half of the total production in the United States. The dry and sunny desert climate means the fruit reach their peak quality. Washington apples are harvested in late summer through autumn, before the orchards are covered with snow, and packed and shipped throughout the winter. Apples have a natural wax coating on their skins; during the packing process, apples are washed thoroughly, and vegetable-based wax is applied to replace the natural wax in order to protect the fruit and maintain its juiciness.

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BLUEBERRIES

BLUEBERRIES

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Commercial production of blueberry first started in Chile in the late 1980s, which now produces approximately 20% of the total number of blueberries in the world. The United States and Canada together produce approximately half of the total production in the world; these three countries together make up 70% of world production. The white “dust” that can be seen on the outside of the blueberry are called the “bloom,” and are a natural part of the blueberries. Blueberries can be enjoyed stirred into yogurt, blended into smoothies, and made into preserves. Blueberries are also abundant into anthocyanin, a kind of polyphenol that is believed, among other things, to help improve human eyesight, relieve allergy symptoms, and decrease signs of aging.

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CITRUS
(ORANGES AND LEMONS)

CITRUS (ORANGES AND LEMONS)

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Navel and Valencia are the two major varieties of oranges. Navel orange is probably the best orange to eat out of hand. The sweetness and tartness are well balanced, and they are easy to peel. The name “Navel” came from the small belly-button like appendage on the fruit. If you are looking to make fresh squeezed orange juice, Valencia is probably the best option because Valencia oranges have a stable flavor even after being juiced; Navel oranges, on the other head, can have a bitter flavor when juiced. Though about 70% of total U.S. production for oranges comes from Florida, California oranges are well known for their quality and better shelf life, and thus are the products primarily exported to Japan.
Lemon has a very high Vitamin C content, containing 50mg of Vitamin C per 100g (the size of one large fruit). Over 90% of total U.S. lemon production is in California, and large numbers of lemons are exported from there as well.

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GRAPEFRUITS

GRAPEFRUITS

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Florida grapefruits reach their peak in flavor and volume from January through March. They are produced in Indian River County in Florida, a subtropical area that is warm throughout the year and has rain often. Indian River County is located near the Atlantic Ocean, and as such the soil contains many minerals. The area has the largest production of grapefruit in the world and is known for its juicy, sweet, thin-skinned fruits. Grapefruits are rich in Vitamin C and are very healthy. As a snack by itself, juiced, or in salad, there are many ways to eat grapefruit.

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GRAPES

GRAPES

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The United States and Chile are the third and seventh largest producers of grapes in the world, and are the largest exporters of grapes to Japan. 85% of U.S. production takes place in California in the Central Valley, where the hot and dry conditions lead to the growth of sweet, juicy grapes. Rarely, white “dust” will appear on the skin of the grapes. This is called the “bloom,” and is naturally produced by the grape to protect it from drying out or disease—it is not mold or residual pesticides! Grapes are high in potassium, iron, and zinc. Grapes with a dark skin also contain anthocyanin, a kind of polyphenol that is said to help people’s bodies ward off disease and decrease signs of aging.

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HONEYDEW MELONS

HONEYDEW MELONS

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Honeydew melons have very smooth skin and have very little netting. The flesh is sweet in flavor, juicy and has a very refreshing taste. There is also an Orange Fleshed melon with a taste of both honeydew and cantaloupe. Honeydew melons are available from California, Northern Mexico and Southern Mexico.

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ORGANICS

ORGANICS

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Organic fruits and vegetables are a growing trend. We also have access to organic products.

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