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Market Alert – Rain Impacts Strawberry Supply

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Strawberry supplies will continue to decrease due to the recent rain weather. Expect very high prices and pro rates.

Interruption to harvests due to rain will undoubtedly continue to affect order fill with no guarantee that we will be able to fill demand. Quality will be inconsistent with some locations reporting very fair quality fruit. We are and will continue to have challenges with weather which not only affects supplies but also affects quality and price. Growers are required to do the best they can and will continue to pack the best quality possible. We will be in a critical state with regards to strawberry supplies for the next several weeks and will keep you posted.

Thanks for your patience and understanding,
Daylight Foods, Inc.

Happy President’s Day Weekend!

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Happy President’s Day Weekend! Celebrate by checking out some of the past President’s favorite fruits:

George Washington: Pineapples 

“As a young man, making what would be his first and only trip outside of North America, George Washington recorded in his diary the culinary wonders he had found on the island of Barbados. Among the fruits he enjoyed on the trip were “China Orange” and “Avagado” (avocado). However, Washington admitted that while the pear was “generally most admired…none pleases my taste as do’s the Pine.” – MountVernon.Org

Abraham Lincoln: Apples

Mrs. Lincoln always had a sufficiency of this fruit chosen carefully and readily at hand,” Crook writes in Memories of the White House (1911). The health-conscious statesman considered these a dietary staple. “Apples,” he said, “agree with me… a large per cent of professional men abuse their stomachs by imprudence in drinking and eating, and in that way health is injured and life is shortened.” –Mentalfloss.com

Thomas Jefferson: PawPaw

“The country of Jefferson’s youth was filled with wild pawpaws. Later in life, records he kept show Asimina triloba (our common pawpaw) as having been planted on his estate. Jefferson also sent pawpaw seeds to associates in Europe, as the plant was considered an exceptional and unique American biological discovery.” –WashingtonPost.com

Theodore Roosevelt: Cantaloupe

“When Mrs. Roosevelt or the children are present, the luncheon consists of cold meat, tea, cantaloupe in season, and bread.” –Rsvlts.com

Happy Lunar New Year’s Eve!

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Friday Fruit: Lucky Kumquat Citrus! Kumquat trees often figure in Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebrations, as they symbolize good luck and prosperity

Description/Taste
The fruits of the Kumquat tree grow in clusters. They ripen within a month from green to brilliant orange. Once mature, the fruit can reach up to 2 inches in length. Unlike citruses, the entire fruit is edible, although the few seeds buried in the flesh are recommended to be spared. The peel is where the true citrus sweetness lies in both aroma and flavor. The flesh offers a bold and juicy tart contrast, making for a sweet tart mouthful. Before disposing of or simply eating, consider saving the seeds, as they are a source of natural pectin.

Seasons/Availability
Kumquats are available most of the year, but may have limited availability during the fall.

Current Facts
There are four varieties of Kumquats, two varieties being the most common: nagami and meiwa. The nagami is oval-shaped and the meiwa is more rounded. Meiwa is considered to be the sweeter of the two, yet nagami is most commonly grown as it is a more vigorous, hardy and prolific producer. Kumquats used to be classified as a citrus up until 1915 when they were given their own Genus, Fortunella, named after horticulturist, Robert Fortune, who introduced the kumquat to Europe in 1846.

Applications
As Kumquats are entirely edible, they are a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savory preparations. Slice Kumquats into coins and cook with sugar and water until candied, then use to top pound cake or ice cream. Add sliced Kumquats to pomegranate juice, champagne and club soda for punch. Poach Kumquat slices in sugar and water, then layer over a tart shell baked with almond and butter filling, topped with kumquat syrup. Cook Kumquat and onion slices until softened, then add lamb breasts, braising liquid and cook tagine until meat is done, then serve over couscous. Dice Kumquats and mix with diced avocado, red onion, cilantro and lime for a fresh salsa. To prepare, wash and dry. Seeds may be plucked out with the tip of a knife.

Ethnic/Cultural Info
Kumquats have a long culinary history within China, Taiwan and Japan, where they are often preserved as jams or in salt (similar to preserved lemons). The fruit is added to teas in Taiwan and is used as an ornamental bonsai tree throughout Southeast Asia.

 

Local Spotlight – The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley

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Headquartered in Napa, California, The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley, overlooks the familiar statue of a grape press that officially welcomes visitors to the celebrated wine-producing region of Napa Valley. The company’s corporate office supports staff, a warehouse, production lab, commercial kitchen, and a conference room for visiting customers and food service professionals.

A brief history…

It was a recipe for success: Her love of cooking combined with the desire to go into business for herself brought entrepreneur Tracy Hayward to the food industry. Drawing upon her culinary background, she created a line of quality prepared purees for professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts: The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley.

As with many startup companies, Hayward’s venture was self-financed. Tracy sold her home for startup capital and started The Perfect Purée out of her parents’ home in Southern California. To immerse herself in the industry, she studied distributor networks, suppliers, product development and processing methods. She visited processing plants and distribution facilities, attended dozens of trade shows, and researched equipment and packaging.

Since the product line was launched in 1988, The Perfect Purée has grown from eight to forty flavors. Culinary and beverage professionals across the continent have come to count on the high quality and consistency of The Perfect Purée.

December Holiday Customer Service Hours

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ATTENTION:  ALL CUSTOMERS

Our offices will be closed on Sunday, December 18th for a company holiday celebration. Our offices will also be closed Sunday December 25th and Sunday, January 1st in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Holiday.
Please remember to submit orders no later than 6:00PM PST on Saturday December 17th, Saturday December 24th, and Saturday December 31st.

Everyone at Daylight Foods, Inc. wishes you all a wonderful and safe holiday!