FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You have questions, we have answers. Take a look through some of our most commonly asked questions. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help!
Can a consumer buy fruit directly from Rainier?
Can I buy a fruit tree from you?
Does Rainier grow genetically modified fruit?
Should I wash my fruit before I eat it?
We recommend that you wash produce by holding it under running water for 15 seconds before eating.
DO NOT wash produce with detergent or bleach solutions. Fruits and vegetables are porous and can absorb the detergent or bleach, which is not intended for human consumption.
What do the numbers on a PLU code mean?
– A five-digit code that starts with a 9: organic
– A five-digit code that starts with an 8: genetically modified*
3283 is a conventional Honeycrisp apple
93283 is an organic Honeycrisp apple
*No fruit grown by Rainier is genetically modified.
What is the best way to store apples?
If you have large amounts of apples to store, find a cool, dark place such as a basement or garage and cover the box or basket with a clean, heavy, damp cloth to prevent shriveling. Inspect apples prior to storage, and remove any apples with punctures or broken skin.
What variety of apple is in the bag I just purchased?
Can you plant seeds from an apple & grow an apple true to its variety?
If you’re interested in planting your own fruit tree, we encourage you to visit your local nursery first to find out which varieties grow best in your climate.
Can I get a cherry pit to grow into a tree?
Where can I find your organic fruit?
How do I select & ripen pears?
Pears should be firm, or fairly firm, but not hard. Avoid wilted, shriveled, moldy or discolored pears. Check for good color for the variety you are selecting.
A pear will ripen after it is picked. To ripen, leave pears at room temperature in a paper bag until the flesh responds readily to gentle pressure. A ripe pear will yield slightly to gentle pressure at the base of the stem. Once the desired ripeness is reached, you can store pears in the fridge for a few days.
What is the correct pronunciation of the different pear varieties?
VARIETY & PRONUNCIATION
Beurre Bosc: Brrr Bahsk