"We've heard about the recent stone fruit recall - is your fruit part of this recall?"
No, our fruit is not part of the recent stone fruit recall. We pack our fruit here at our facilities in Kingsburg. The voluntary recall was issued by Wawona Packing. More information may be found at their website or on our blog.
“We love your fruit. Would it be possible to purchase a tree from you for our home garden?”
We greatly appreciate the positive feedback on our variety choices, as we have invested a lot of time and money to develop varieties that we hope you will enjoy as much as we do.
However, we are not a nursery, so we do not sell trees, seedlings, or cuttings. Our orchards are fully grown trees that we harvest for fruit. Also, as we have invested in our proprietary breeding program, certain varieties - such as our Black Velvet Apricots and over half of our pluots - are not available for purchase from any location.
We would encourage those of you who would like to pursue home gardening efforts, and the best place for you to purchase trees would be at your local nursery. Several of them may even carry pluot trees with different varieties grafted onto each limb so that your tree can cross-pollinate itself, and will provide you with several different varieties throughout the summer months. We cannot guarantee this, nor do we offer this service ourselves.
“Can we purchase the fruit direct from you? Or do you sell gift baskets?”
We do not currently sell fruit directly to customers by mail.
“On your labeling, what does “USA/E-U” stand for?”
The USA/E-U on our stickers and packaging means that our product is grown in the United States. The E-U is the French (Etats-Unis) and Spanish (Estados Unidos) translation.
“When are Apple Pears ripe to eat? Are they supposed to be firm or soft?”
Apple Pears are harvested like an apple. They are firm and crunchy, and picked ripe on the tree. Keep them in the crisper in your refrigerator after buying them to prolong their shelf-life.
“Are Apple Pears and Asian Pears the same thing?”
Yes. Technically Apple Pears are in the pear family, they just exhibit many apple qualities. They are not a hybrid variety as apples and pears are not genetically compatible for cross-pollination. Unlike most pears, Apple Pears do not soften when ripe. In other countries, Apple Pears are known as Asian Pears, Nashi Pears, Sand Pears, Korean Pears, Japanese Pears, Chinese Pears, or Taiwan pears.
“What exactly are Black Velvet Apricots? Why does mine taste like a plum?”
Black Velvet Apricots are an Inter-Specific Apricot. I.S. Apricots are also known as Apriums. This means that they are a hybrid variety. Black Velvets are an unusual cross between an apricot and a plum, where even though it has a mostly apricot parentage, the color and texture of its plum parentage still shine though the skin texture kept the apricot fuzz. Depending on the pollination set each year they can retain more apricot or plum flavor - though they are always incredibly juicy and sweet.