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Gourmet Fruit Basket

Gourmet Fruit Basket

Grove’s Goodness does it again with the Orchard Harvest Gourmet Fruit & Gift Basket. It is loaded up with fresh fruits including: 4 varieties of Pears, 2 varieties of Apples, Citrus Oranges & Pineapple. This gourmet gift basket also includes a 10 ounce bottle of perry, and assorted gourmet fruit and nut covered chocolates. At a very affordable price this gift basket is sure to please any recipient. This Fruit & Gift basket weigh’s 15 lbs., and is loaded with goodies. Pear varieties include Green D’Anjou Pears, Columbia D’Anjou Pears, Bosc Pears, and Seckel Pears. Apple varieties included are Red Delicious and Fuji.

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Fruit Gift baskets are a great way to show your appreciation. Whether you are dealing with a business associate or a personal relationship, you cannot go wrong by sending someone a gift basket full of fresh fruits, chocolate, cheeses and mixed nuts. Grove’s Goodness has built a delicious gift basket and is priced very reasonably. The Orchard Harvest Fruit Basket consists of D’Anjou Pears, Fuji Apples, Chocolates, Navel Oranges,  Pineapple, mixed nuts, and more. If you are looking for a gourmet gift basket, then look no further. Click on the following link to buy the Orchard Harvest Fruit Basket , you will also find addtional gourment gift baskets.

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According to the Washington State Apple Commission, Washington harvests close to 100 million boxes of apples annually. This equates to about 10 billion individual apples that are handpicked. The top five varieties of apples expected for this year’s harvest are Red Delicious, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith and Golden. Together they make up about 90% of total apples grown. And with over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States, the only native apple is the crab apple. Washington State apples are harvested from mid-August (Gala) to as late as November (Cripps Pink). Many Farmers and orchardists have “pressing parties” this time of year, especially when you start to harvest a couple different varieties. Homemade cider from Washington State grown apples is hard to beat. Pressing homemade cider with your own Cider press  is fun for the entire family.

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If you are in the Philly area this harvest season, you’ll definitely want to check out West Chester’s Highland Orchards. In operation since 1941 with over 200 acres of fruit, you can pick your own apples for cider pressing. They have a number of varieties of apples as well including: Empire, Jonagold, Stayman, Ida Red, Mutsu, Winesap, Rome, Granny Smith and Fuji. Be sure to check out Highland Orchards before October 31st.  Tours, good food, rides and other activities are also available.

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Washington State is located in the Pacific Northwest of the United  States, and is home to a prefect apple growing region. On the eastside of the Cascade Mountains you will find lush valleys that are home to some of the best apple’s on earth. The Yakima and Wenatchee Valleys provide the perfect apple growing climate coupled with soil rich in cascade volcanic ash. Most of the apples grown in this region are available year round, with a few exceptions. The most popular varieties of apples grown in Washington State are Red and Golden Delicious, Gala, Jonagold, Fuji, Granny Smith, Braeburn and the more recent Honeycrisp. For Cider making, there are some great parings that can be made with these varieties, but some of the more tannic and non-table type apples are found more in backyard orchards rather than grown commercially.

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One of the great things abouts making homemade apple cider, is that you can never run out of different apple combinations to experiment with. The more apple cider you make the more you will begin to understand what works well together and what doesn’t. This depends on your unique tastes as well, not everyone will agree on what tastes best. My philosophy is that you must start with quality apples and from there it’s just a matter of fine tuning. Most talk is surrounded around a good mix of sweet apples and tart apples, or at least having a good balance. I agree, it’s a must to mix at least two apple pairings, unless of course you don’t have a choice. Then the best apple choice is your only choice, I’m sure it will still be tasty. Here is a chart I found from Sage Fruit Company in Yakima, Washington. I love the graphic detail laying out the spectrum of different apple flavors. This can give the homemade cider maker some great ideas!

Spectrum of Apple Flavors

Apple Flavors and Varieties

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away! No kidding.  Whether you are enjoying Red Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Jonagold, Golden,  Fuji, or one of the many other varirties of apples, you are doing yourself a healthy favor. According to the US Apple Association, here are the facts:

  • Apples contain zero fat & saturated fat, and are cholesteral & Sodium Free.
  • Apples are also an excellent source of fiber and contain natural plant-based antioxidents.
  • Apples and Apple Juice and Cider contain the mineral boron, which promotes helthy bones.
  • Apples are sweetened with the natural sugar called fructose.
  • Apples are a high fiber food which helps maintain a steady blood sugar level.

Enjoy your apple a day in  any way you choose. Juices, whole apples, sliced apples, cider, or apple sauce.

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