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Dan Gerawan grows tons of peaches, plums and nectarines on his family's orchards here, and he insists they are California's finest. His Prima brand fruit is riper because the trees are picked more often, he explains. To avoid bruising, the sweet fruit is boxed at the orchards rather than trucked from the fields. And it is stored at colder-than-typical temperatures to keep it fresher.
June 7, 2006 | Russ Parsons
Just in Apriums: In the last several years, designer crosses between plums and apricots have become progressively more popular. Later in the summer we will see the varieties variously called plumcots and pluots, which are closer to plums. Right now we're getting apriums, which have some of the honeyed character of a great apricot, but whereas so many apricots tend to be dry and mealy, apriums are juicy. Flavor Delight, introduced in 1989, is the granddaddy of the bunch and is quite good.
March 16, 1989 | BOB DROGIN, Times Staff Writer
Talk about looking for a needle in a haystack. Based on nothing more than an anonymous tip, 166 U.S. Food and Drug Administration field inspectors and other officials began checking 12,000 out of 362,000 crates of Chilean fruit unloaded from a freighter on the Delaware River. Each time they found a bruised apple, discolored nectarine or punctured grape, they sent it downtown. There, on Sunday night, the 19 scientists in the FDA labs on the 11th floor of the U.S.
July 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
AND FINALLY ... * How much would you pay for a piece of fresh fruit? If it's from a tree four centuries old that once fed emperors, try $67,000. A single rare litchi weighing about half an ounce fetched a record price of about $67,000 at an auction Sunday in Zengcheng, in Guangdong province, the official New China News Agency reported. Here's why: The litchi, a small fruit with bumpy skin and juicy white flesh, was produced by a rare tree named Xiyuangualu.
May 21, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Almost everyone who sees a Pakistan mulberry for the first time exclaims, "Oh, my gosh, what is that?" It certainly is bizarre looking, a long, thin, purplish, snakelike fruit, anywhere from 1 to 5 inches long, with 3 inches being typical. Although not yet exactly common at farmers markets, they're not nearly as rare as they used to be even a few years ago. Aside from looking weird, they're quite delicious, with a mild, fruity flavor and a good balance of sweetness and acidity. One eats this berry as one might a satay, grabbing the stem and stripping the flesh off with one's teeth from the long, stringy central core, which is edible but not particularly pleasant.
October 26, 1988
Crews from the California Conservation Corps begin a door-to-door canvass today to confiscate home-grown fruit in an area of West Los Angeles where an infestation of Mediterranean fruit flies was recently detected. Between 75 and 150 members of the corps will visit 1,200 households over the next 10 days, spokeswoman Suzanne Levitsky said. They will bag the fruit and trucks will transport it to a landfill, she said.
August 17, 1988
U.S. Postal Service officials have ordered workers in Orange County to stop inspecting soggy or leaky packages suspected of containing rotting, quarantined fruit, despite warnings that the parcels are a major source of fruit flies. Sealed packages in first-class mail, even if they are about to break open, are protected by privacy laws and must be rewrapped and promptly sent on to the addressee, regional postal inspectors have told Orange County postal employees.
January 16, 1988 | BILL SIDNAM
Peaches--sweet, luscious and ripe from the tree--are not usually associated with winter. However, if you want your own peach tree, now is the time to act while dormant trees are available at nurseries. Although California ranks first in peach production, peaches are a real challenge for Southland gardeners. Not that we don't have mild, warm weather. We do--and that's the problem. It just doesn't get cold enough in most of our growing regions to satisfy a peach tree's need for winter chilling.
July 28, 1992 | DANIEL AKST
Sell a nectarine, go to jail. Well, not exactly. But the federal government is suing a Fresno-area grower for selling peaches and nectarines a fraction of an inch smaller than the legal minimum. The buyers in this case were wholesalers who apparently resold the fruit to mom-and-pop grocery stores in central Los Angeles. Yes, it's those pesky agricultural marketing orders again.
December 8, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The citrus canker scare that led to the burning of 20 million fruit trees in the mid-1980s reached the state Supreme Court in Tallahassee, Fla., with growers arguing that a compensation plan violates their rights. They said a law passed by the Legislature providing a $30-million compensation fund and setting up an administrative hearing procedure was unconstitutional because it denied them their right to have compensations settled in court.
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