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Organic Blueberries

If you’ve had the opportunity to try our organic blueberries, you may notice they are in a class of their own. Just like our apples, pears and cherries, it’s all about the climate. Our long warm days and cool nights combined with well-draining volcanic soil create fruit of exceptional flavor and quality.

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Organic Apples

Rainier Fruit Company grows and ships fresh eating apples worldwide. In addition to America’s favorites, we supply a wide variety of gourmet apples including two brands grown and sold exclusively by us.

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Apples


Organic Lady Alice® Brand

Organic Honeycrisp

Organic Pink Lady®

Organic Fuji

Organic Gala

Organic Lady Alice® Brand

Washington
1979

This new and distinct apple possesses several unique and desirable characteristics such as having a distinct pink stripe over a creamy-yellow background, which distinguishes it from other known varieties. The background color deepens to an orange-yellow after harvest. Lady Alice® possesses a distinctive taste and its dense flesh is sweet with a hint of tartness. The shape of the Lady Alice® is round and somewhat broad with a shallow, slightly open calyx. Read more…

Parentage
Unknown. Discovered as a chance seedling in Gleed, Wash.

Availability
January-May or while supplies last

Usage
The new all-purpose apple, Lady Alice® is delightful for snacking and a good choice for cooking.

Organic Honeycrisp

University of Minnesota
1960

Honeycrisp apples have a yellow-gold background generously brushed with vibrant red. Characteristic shallow dimples and numerous small lenticels cover its surface. Lenticels are the pores of the apples that allow the exceptionally juicy and crisp texture. Maturity affects this apples good taste. Generally super sweet, the flavor can vary from mild to fairly robust, depending on its stage of growth.

Parentage
Keepsake and unknown parent.

Availability
September-June

Usage
The Honeycrisp is a popular snacking apple, but it is also suitable for baking, sauces, or adding into salads.

Organic Pink Lady®

Australia
1985

Firm, crisp flesh and a unique, tangy-tart flavor are characteristic of this apple. Snackers and bakers give the Pink Lady® high marks in consumer tastings. Crisp fall nights bring on the bright pink color that gives the apple its name.

Parentage
Golden Delicious and Lady Williams

Availability
November-August

Usage
This sweet-tart apple is a snacking favorite, but has a good texture for baking as well.

Organic Fuji

Japan
1962

Originally developed in Japan in the late 1930s and named after the famous Mt. Fuji, U.S.−grown Fujis began appearing in markets in the 1980s. Fuji is a cross between Ralls Janet and Red Delicious. This variety´s popularity is skyrocketing, thanks to its sweet flavor and firmness. Fuji apples are bi−colored, typically striped with yellow and red.

Parentage
Red Delicious and Virginia Ralls Janet (Ralls Genet/Jennet)

Availability
October-August

Usage
This very sweet and crisp apple is excellent for snacking, but makes a great baking apple because it holds its texture. Fuji apples are also a good choice for use in salads.

Organic Gala

New Zealand
1934

Pinkish-orange stripes over a yellow background are the signature of this crisp, aromatically sweet, snappy apple. Galas have gained popularity among consumers in the past 15 years and are now one of the most popular apples in the United States.

Parentage
Kidd’s Orange Red and Golden Delicious

Availability
September-August

Usage
The Gala is very aromatic and sweet, making it a perfect choice for snacking or salads.


Organic Granny Smith

Organic Golden Delicious

Organic Red Delicious

Braeburn

Organic Granny Smith

Australia
1968

Granny Smith apples are green in color and extremely tart. They are rounded with a smooth contour and vary in color from a medium to dark green, sometimes with a slight blush.

Parentage
Believed to be descended from French crab-apples cultivated by Australian Maria Ann “Granny” Smith.

Availability
Year-round

Usage
Granny Smith apples are a great choice for snacking, salads, pies, and freezing.

Organic Golden Delicious

West Virginia
1912

The Golden Delicious is not related to the Red Delicious, but was introduced by the same family, the Stark Brothers. It was discovered in 1890 in Clay County, West Virginia as a chance seedling. Goldens are highly aromatic with a sweet, spritely flavor and a crisp, juicy flesh.

Parentage
Unknown. Possible parents are Golden Reinette and Grimes Golden.

Availability
Year-round

Usage
The Golden Delicious is the original all-purpose apple. It is suitable for snacking, salads, pies, sauces, and freezing. It is considered an excellent apple for pies.

Organic Red Delicious

Iowa
1874

The Red Delicious is the most widely grown variety of apple in the world. They have firm,white or cream white flesh that is juicy, aromatic and sweet tasting. The heart-shaped fruit is bright red and sometimes striped. This apple is crunchy with a mildly sweet flavor.

Parentage
Unknown. Discovered as a chance seedling on the farm of Jesse Hiatt and was originally known as Hawkeye.

Availability
Year-round

Usage
Best for fresh eating.

Braeburn

New Zealand
1952

Braeburns are rounded and sometimes elongated with smooth skin. Color can vary from greenish-gold with red sections to nearly solid red over a yellow background. The rich, sweet-tart, spicy flavor is high-impact. Aromatic, juicy and crisp, this apple is very firm.

Parentage
Unknown. Discovered as a chance seedling. Probable parents are Lady Hamilton and Granny Smith.

Availability
October-July

Usage
This multipurpose apple is suitable for everything from baking to salads to freezing.

 

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Organic Pears

Pears have been grown throughout the world for centuries, and unlike apples, not much has changed over the years. They come in varying shapes and sizes, colors, and a range of sweetness, meaning there’s a pear for every preference! Some of the finest pears in the world are grown in Washington’s Cashmere Valley under our Blue Star label.

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Pears


Bartlett

Bosc

Green Anjou

Red Bartlett

Bartlett

England
1765

Bartlett pears are the most widely-recognized pear variety thanks to its quintessential pear flavor and shape. It has a rounded bell on bottom half of the fruit with definitive shoulder and smaller neck or stem. The Bartlett pear is unique in that its skin brightens as it ripens, unlike other varieties.

Availability
August-January

Usage
Snacking, salads. Most popular pear for canning.

Bosc

Belgium or France
early 1800s

Bosc pears are an elegant variety with disctinctive characteristics that set them apart from other pears. Those who are familiar with Bosc, appreciate their more firm, yet tender flesh and their sweet-spiced flavor. Bosc have brown skin hides and a delicious, spicy and slightly firmer flesh.

Availability
September-May

Usage
The firm texture of the Bosc makes it an excellent choice for baking, broiling, or poaching. It can also be enjoyed for fresh snacking or in salads.

Green Anjou

Belgium or France
1800s

Green Anjou (also known as Beurré d’ Anjou or d’Anjou) pears are recognizable for their egg-shaped appearance, having a larger spherical lower portion that begins a gradual taper above the mid-point to a narrower rounded top. Their skin color is bright green, and sometimes has a soft red blush. Skin color shows only very subtle color change while ripening. Red Anjous are nearly identical to Green Anjous other than their color.

Availability
Year round

Usage
An excellent all-purpose pear, Anjous can be used in cooking or baking or enjoyed fresh as a snack or in salads.

Red Bartlett

Washington State
1938

Red Bartletts are very similar to their more commonly known green/yellow Bartletts in shape and flavor. The Red Bartlett pear transforms from a dark red to brilliant red as it becomes riper.

Availability
September-June

Usage
All Bartlett pears can be enjoyed fresh or used for cooking, baking, or canning. Red Bartletts are especially beautiful in salads because of their colorful skin.

 

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Organic Cherries

Most people would agree- it’s not really summer until we start harvesting cherries. Cherries are one of Mother Nature’s truly seasonal crops, and we’ve learned to make the most of our time with them! We grow several varieties of cherries in various locations throughout Washington to ensure that we have a plentiful supply throughout the summer months (June-August).

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Cherries


Organic Dark Sweets

Rainier

Organic Dark Sweets

Oregon
1875

Bings are the leading commercial sweet cherry in North America. They are firm, juicy and a deep garnet red color when ripe. Bings are famed for their exceptional size and intensely sweet, vibrant flavor. Bing has become the standard by which other varieties are compared.

Harvested
June-July

Color / Flavor
Deep garnet red skin with matching flesh. 17-19% fruit sugar.

Rainier

Washington
1952

The Rainier cherry is a very attractive, exceptionally large yellow cherry with a bright red blush. Rainier has a distinctive and superior appearance among sweet cherry varieties. Delicately flavored with extraordinary sugar levels, the flesh is pure yellow, very firm and finely textured. Rainiers are best enjoyed in fresh applications.

Harvested
June-July

Color / Flavor
Golden skin with pink-red blush. 17-23% fruit sugar.

 

 

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THE ORIGINAL FAST FOOD

There is overwhelming scientific research proving apples promote good health. Apples contain numerous vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are enormously beneficial.

Some of the latest research indicates that eating apples every day may help prevent illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.

US Apple Association

Washington Apple Commission

Tips

To maximize your apple-eating experience, follow these simple tips for selecting, handling, storing and preparing fresh apples. An apples skin should be shiny, dull appearing apples won’t be crisp and tasty.

  • Select apples that are bruise-free and handle them gently to prevent bruising.
  • Select apples that are firm to the touch.
  • The refrigerator is your friend! Though it might be tempting to display apples in a fruit bowl, it is best to store your apples in the refrigerator to slow ripening and maintain flavor. A properly refrigerated apple keeps longer.
  • Store your apples away from strong smelling foods to prevent them from absorbing unpleasant odors.
  • Wash your apples in cool water before serving.
  • When serving sliced or diced apples, coat them in a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water or in vitamin C-fortified 100% apple juice to reduce browning.
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