Avocados will be picked green and shipped rock hard the same day (on Mondays from July through November). It takes about 7 to 10 days for them to turn black and eventually soften. Don't leave the avocados in the box. Store avocados at room temperature on the counter.
The best way to tell if an avocado is ripe is to gently squeeze the fruit in the palm of your hand. Ripe, ready-to-eat fruit will be firm but will yield to gentle pressure.
Eat avocados fresh or refrigerate for up to 10 days. Do not refrigerate green fruit.
Pro tip: Take the fruit out of the fridge the morning of the day you would like to eat it and return it to room temperature.
Frederick Passion fruit
Passion fruit will be picked and shipped the same day (on Mondays when in season). Store passion fruit at room temperature on the counter.
When ready to use, cut the fruit in half, scoop out the passion fruit pulp. Personally, we like to use the fruit on top of granola, vanilla ice cream or in smoothies.
Pro tip: If you prefer a sweeter fruit, wait 7 to 14 days until the fruit wrinkles but before it totally dehydrates. Passion fruit can be eaten as soon as you receive them, even if they aren’t wrinkly on the outside yet. The smoother the shell is, the juicier and more tart the pulp will be. The longer you leave it on the counter to wrinkle, the sweeter, but less juicy it will get. It’s just personal preference.
Meyer Lemons, Bearss Limes and Washington Navel Oranges are tree-ripened. They are harvested and shipped the same day (on Mondays when in season). Store fruit on the counter or in the fridge for up to 14 days.
Pro tip: Use citrus zest and peels in your favorite recipes.
Vernon White Sapote
White sapotes will be picked and shipped the same day (on Mondays when in season). Don't leave the white sapotes in the box. Store the fruit on the counter.
Like avocados, white sapotes will be soft to the touch when ripe. They soften in 5 to 7 days after harvest. Cut the white sapote in half and scoop out the pulp. The seeds are not to be eaten. Be careful for the small undeveloped seeds as they can sometimes be hidden in the pulp. Do not refrigerate unripe fruit.