A Fruity Trip to Washington (and 5 Fun Facts About Blueberries)

A couple weeks ago I went up to Yakima, WA to visit the fruit fields and cherry processing facility of Rainier Fruit Company. A cherry processing facility. Are you excited yet? You know that episode of The Simpsons where you see a glimpse of Milhouse having the time of his life at his dad’s cracker factory? It was kind of like that for this fruit-loving lady.

Cherries are one of My Top 3 Fruits* and I learned so much during my day with Rainier, which I wrote about on The Kitchn earlier this week. I also ate the best cherries of my life, which I’m afraid have ruined me for all other cherries henceforth. I may need to move to Yakima.

We also visited the company’s organic blueberry fields and tried a few different varieties. Some interesting facts I learned about blueberries:

• During harvesting, the buckets the blueberries are put in never touch the ground, in order to avoid bacterial or fungal contamination. The pickers use special stands that keep the buckets off the ground.

• The white “bloom” on blueberries help protect them from rot, and should not be washed off until just before eating.

• Bees have to chew through the flower on blueberry bushes in order to pollinate them. Persistence!

• A blueberry is ready to pick when you can pull it off the branch with just the slightest amount of pressure.

• Falcons help protect organic blueberry fields! Read more about that in my other post about the trip for The Kitchn. I totally want to take up falconing now.

If all my travels involved really good fruit, sunshine and trained birds, I’d be a very happy person indeed.

 

* …Peaches and mangoes, if you’re wondering.

(Information for this post was gathered during a press trip sponsored by Rainier Fruit Company and Whole Foods Market. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my personal views.)

   

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    Lydia — July 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    love! Mine are cherries, raspberries and nectarines in case anyone is dying to know

    • Anjali — July 26th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks, I was wondering!

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    Joanna — July 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Cherries, blueberries, tie between blackberries and raspberries. I am totally in the right state to gorge myself. When I have a yard with a cherry tree and berry bushes, you can come join me in fruit binges.

    • Anjali — July 30th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      I’ll be there!

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    Shondra — July 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I’ve been buying those cherries for the last month and…wow..they are delicious!

    I’d love to feature this post on our Northwest-based site. Email me for details!

    shondra (at) dwellable (dot) com

    Thanks!
    Shondra

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    definisi — November 25, 2014 at 2:45 am

    thanks for the info…definisi i hope i could attend to one of these events…

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    Pengertian Agama Islam — December 17, 2014 at 4:13 am

    thanks for the info…pengertian agama islam i hope i could attend to one of these events…

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