One of the reasons I started FruitShare is to help people replace unhealthy food/snack cravings with something wholesome and healthy for themselves and the planet. Organic fruit just days from harvest tastes great, and if you keep it within arms reach you are more likely to snack on it. I used to crave sugary treats and crunchy chips but now I find replacing these cravings with a sweet Honeycrisp apple or a juicy Bartlett pear more than satisfies these cravings and gives me more consistent energy throughout the day. Since it is peak of apple and pear season, I hope you join me with sticking with handy whole fruit to maintain healthy blood sugar levels throughout the day

Enjoy the fruit your brain will thank you.

Everett Myers, Founder and President of FruitShare

In Your Box: Honeycrisp, Pinvoa, Fuji apples, Asian pears, Bartlett pears, and Red D’Anjou pears

Storage and Ripening
Keep the Green Bartlett, and Red D’Anjou pears on the counter. They will be ready to eat when they give to thumb pressure near the stem “check the neck”. These pears will take between 4-7 days to give to thumb pressure by the stem and then enjoy them. To speed up their ripening process you can place some in a paper bag with a banana, but remember to check them every day. The banana gives off naturally, ethylene gas that ripens fruit faster. Once the pears give to thumb pressure you can place them in the refrigerator to enjoy them over a longer period of time.

Your apples and Asian pears will keep for at least 2 weeks in the coldest part of your refrigerator. They are ready to eat and are best enjoyed crisp.

What It Takes
Honeycrisp apples always a favorite. We should have these consistently for the next 4 weeks. David Bedford of the University of Minnesota developed the Honeycrisp apples with good old-fashioned cross-breeding over 25 years ago. It is the most popular apple we know of for eating fresh. It’s crisp sweet and tart combination along with the juicy crunch makes it a favorite. Bedford says that studied under an electron microscope, Honeycrisp cells are twice the size of other apples, which accounts for their unique, pleasing texture. The cells fill up with natural sugar water which makes them delicious even to the core. We try to get you as many Honeycrisp as we can every year, but they are always limited and their season is short so enjoy them while they last. If you want more we do sell them by the straight box as well. They are great for eating out of hand but if you’re so inclined they make fantastic applesauce too. Keep all your apples in the coolest part of your refrigerator to keep them crisp.

This week’s Honeycrisp, Pinova, and Fuji apples, Green Bartlett, Red D’Anjou and Asian pears are from the Stennes family. Like many of our organic growers, the Stennes family farm in Washington’s Cascade Mountains is a family affair. The farm began in 1894, when the Stennes family emigrated from Norway and planted apple trees on their homestead. Now, Keith is joined by his twin sons, Mark and Kevin to make up the third and fourth generations of Stennes farmers.

These Asian pears, in my opinion, are what an Asian pear is supposed to be. My daughter when she first tried one several years ago said, “it tastes like a juice box”. You get the crisp of an apple and the sweet juice, of well, a juice box. In some parts of Asia, they are greatly appreciated as a symbol of beauty, longevity, and wisdom. We got as much of this limited crop for you as we could and hope you will appreciate this gift.

Health and Wellness
We all know that eating fruit is good for us. So, drinking processed fruit juice should be just as good, right? Wrong. Three major health studies have shown recently that eating certain types of fruit - apples, for example - significantly lowers your risk of Type 2 diabetes. However, drinking fruit juice actually increases your risk for this disease. Why is that? It has to do with sugar and fiber. Fruit has sugar in it (clearly, since it’s so sweet!). In whole fruit, this sugar is tied up with fiber, so your body has to digest it slowly. This prevents your blood sugar from spiking, and also helps you feel full longer. With fruit juice, most of the fiber is stripped away, leaving the sugar behind to make your blood sugar spike and crash, which is unhealthy. Stick to eating fresh, whole fruit and you’ll reap the benefits of all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients, while also helping your blood sugar stay steady and level. It’s just one more reason that we love fruit so much!