Friday
Jun012018

Orondo Ruby 2018 Crop Update

Lovingly grown on the banks of the Columbia River in eastern Washington—where hot summer days and cool river breezes make for perfect growing conditions—Orondo Ruby cherries show gorgeous red-blushed skin, a firm bite and tremendous flavor. Orondo Ruby harvest is less than 20 days away! Look for these beauties in stores soon. 🍒

Friday
Jun102016

Orondo Ruby Cherries are Ripe for the Harvest!


Just when you thought it'd never arrive, Orondo Ruby Cherry season is here at last! For the next few weeks, everyone here at the Griggs family orchards will be busy picking, preparing, and packaging your favorite cherries.

The Griggs did not make the distinct new fruit--they found it. One would assume the Orondo Ruby is a hybrid between a Bing and a Rainier cherry, but it isn't. The Orondo Ruby is in a class alone, with the sweetness and tart that brings a smile to everyone who tries them.

When you buy Orondo Ruby cherries, you are getting the best produce exclusive grower orchards have to offer. Sweet and tart, our cherries represent a flavor profile all their own, as unique as the area from which they are picked.

Cherry season is a very special time. Orondo Ruby cherries tell us that summer has arrived, if only for a few weeks. Sometimes, in the thick of a bountiful cherry season like this one, you just can't eat all of them...

...But you can keep the cherry season going all year long by preserving them in a variety of ways.  

If you want to keep your cherries fresh and refreshing, we'd suggest freezing the fruit. The best thing about freezing cherries is that it doesn't take the time that canning does, and it also keeps the nutritional value (and flavor) of the fruit intact.

The steps to freezing your cherries are pretty simple:

 

  1. Clean your cherries. You can use a fruit or vegetable spray cleaner, but a cold water rinse works just as well. Just make sure that any dirt or dust particles have been washed away. Gently pat them dry with a clean paper towel afterwards.
  2. Stem and pit your cherries. You want to keep your cherries as fresh as possible, so don't take the stems off until you're ready to process your fruit. If you want to, you can keep the pits in your cherries, but know you'll have to pit your cherries before using them in the future. If you pit your cherries in the freezing process, you can have the instant satisfaction of popping a frozen delight into your mouth. There are a few ways that you can pit cherries, but the easiest way is to slice the cherries in half and pull the pit out of the middle. If you've ever pitted an avocado, this is similar.
  3. The preliminary freeze. Prefreezing your cherries allows you to grab a few cherries at any time for a quick snack without having to chip away at a clump of cherries or to take the time to thaw your entire batch out. Once you have all of you cherries pitted, lay your cherry halves out on a cookie sheet with wax paper. Make sure they have a little space between so your cherries don't freeze together. Once you have your cherry halves (or whole cherries, if you want) on your cookie sheet, pop them into the freezer. Since not all freezers are alike, you can freeze them completely in 4-6 hours. Or, you can keep them in the freezer overnight just to be sure (but don't keep your cherries in the freezer uncovered too long or they might get freezer burn).
  4. Bag your cherries. Once you pull your frozen cherries out of the freezer, quickly place them into a ziplock bag and put them back into the freezer. If you let them get too warm, you could end up with a big hunk of cherries.

 

And that's it! Your delicious delights should last up to 6 months--making a perfect opportunity to use those last cherries in a holiday dessert!

Wednesday
Jul082015

Thanks for your support this 2015 season!

With this year's extreme heat, it has been one of the most challenging harvest seasons to date for the Orondo Ruby cherry. Despite this, we want to thank our loyal customers for their continued support and feedback. We value our connection with you and are committed to producing our family's special cherry with the utmost quality and care.

With each passing year, our young Orondo Ruby trees continue to mature and grow more beautiful cherries. As our production increases each season, we look forward to continuing to ship the Orondo Ruby to your area and to many more locations around the world.

As our 2015 cherry season comes to an end, we'd like to also thank Chelan Fruit and Chelan Fresh for packing and selling the Orondo Ruby and our retail partners for making the Orondo Ruby available in their stores.

Thank you and we'll see you again next year! 

Thursday
Jul022015

Wildfire in Wenatchee

 

As many of you are aware, a devastating wildfire recently rolled through Wenatchee. The fire in it's fury, destroyed 30 homes and several businesses in the process. The fire's path bordered one of our smaller Orondo Ruby orchards, but only did minor damage.

Our thoughts are with the families who lost their homes and we're thankful that nobody got hurt. We are also very appreciative of all the emergency personnel who worked in response to protect the great community of Wenatchee. 

Friday
Jun262015

Chow Down on a Cherry Pizza at Fire

8 Reasons to Visit Wenatchee, WA by BC Living, July 2015

"If you've never had a pizza topped with cherries (and we bet you haven't!), you've been missing out."

Check out BC Living's article about 8 reasons to visit Wenatchee, WA. Pizza topped with cherries is just the beginning...

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