This week’s box is truly an “antioxidant booster” because of all the superfoods inside! A superfood contains antioxidants, which help fight free radicals - cells that can cause diseases like cancer. As you may know, blueberries are known as the top superfood because they contain more antioxidants than 40 other fruits and veggies. You may not know that peaches and red grapes also contain lots of antioxidants along with nutrients and vitamins your body needs to stay healthy. These antioxidants often come as part of the molecules that give fruits their colors - so you know with blue blueberries, yellow apricots, peaches and nectarines, red grapes and red pluots, orange valencias, and green avocados providing a wide spectrum of colors, you’re getting lots of different types of antioxidants and nutrients.                                                                              

Enjoy the fruit your brain will thank you.  
Everett Myers, Founder and President of FruitShare™
 
In Your Box: All Organic Fruit Blueberries, Pink Cripps apples, Red seedless grapes, Yellow nectarines, Yellow peaches, Valencia oranges, Hass avocados, Apricots, and Plums

Storage and Ripening
Your Pink Cripps apples and Valencia oranges will keep for at least 2 weeks in the coldest part of your refrigerator.   I like to place the Nectarines, Peaches and Hass avocado on the counter until they give to thumb pressure. Once the nectarines and peaches give to thumb pressure eat them right away or place them in your refrigerator to enjoy within a couple days.  Eat your grapes and blueberries first and place any left-over in the refrigerator right away.  They like to be cool and dry.  Make sure to dry off any condensation they may have picked up during the delivery and place them in the refrigerator.  Plums and Apricots are best when they give to thumb pressure too, but they are also good firm so see how you like them the best.  The refrigerator will keep them longer.

What It Takes
Today we have just a taste of some of the first apricots, plums, nectarines, and peaches.  The season is still early for stonefruit and the peaches and nectarines are still smaller than we like right now, but soon there with be more stone fruit and sizing will increase.  These really are fantastic grilled.

The Patterson apricots are one of the main season standards of apricots.  This variety is shown so much respect it is named after the town of Patterson, CA; where they have an apricot festival every year.

The Valencia oranges come from Bill. He has been working with several of his organic orchard friends since the 1980s to grow delicious citrus and avocados.  The Valencia oranges are super juicy and are perfect for squeezing a glass of fresh orange juice.  Just cut them in half, cross-section, and squeeze the juice into a glass.  It is the perfect way to start the day.  They also make a great snack but can be difficult to peel, so your best bet is to slice Valencia’s into wedges.  They do have some seeds so watch out.

Lou’s blueberries won’t be ready until the middle to late June, but they are peaking in California right now so enjoy them.

Health and Wellness
Blueberries are known as the #1 superfood, and they are truly one of the healthiest foods you can find. They are low in calories, yet very high in nutrients your body needs to stay healthy - a term nutritionists call “nutrient dense.” Blueberries contain tons of antioxidants, which fight harmful by-products in your body called free radicals. Free radicals are thought to cause cancer and age-related diseases, and antioxidants help fight these conditions. Blueberries also help lower your cholesterol; in fact, the USDA found that blueberries can lower your cholesterol more effectively than prescription drugs, due to a special antioxidant called pterostilbene. Because of this, blueberries can be very helpful in preventing obesity and heart disease. Blueberries may also help improve your memory, concentration, and balance. The antioxidants in blueberries also support the health of your eyes and eyesight. Preliminary research shows that blueberries can help protect against age-related deterioration in the brain such as short-term memory loss. There is even some evidence that blueberries may be able to help reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. No wonder blueberries are considered the master of superfoods! So eat up and enjoy - those tasty berries are doing much more than tickling your taste buds!

Recipe
Flourless Anything Crumble
This recipe is great with stone fruit and berries
4 cups fruit peeled and sliced peaches, nectarines blueberries or whatever is in season
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup almond meal
½ cup quinoa flakes
A pinch of sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
 
Preheat oven to 400 degree F