Oregold® Peaches are extra sweet and perfectly juicy, the perfect snack this season. Grown in our own Rogue Valley orchards, these peaches thrive on the sun-filled days and comfortably cool nights. Take a bite and enjoy a taste of summer.
Everyone at Harry & David is excited about our peach harvest. On these hot summer days, our irrigation team remains busy in all our orchards. After the peach harvest, the team will prepare their equipment for pears which will be harvested in late August or September.
Throughout the month, we will be shipping cherries grown in Washington.
In August, we will be shipping Taylor’s Gold and Angélys pears grown in New Zealand. We will also ship our Bartlett pears grown in California.
During this month, we will ship Pink Lady apples grown in Chile and Argentina along with Smitten apples grown in New Zealand.
Nectarines and plums grown in California will both ship in August.
This month we will be shipping oranges grown in Peru or Chile. Later in the month, we will ship HoneyBells grown in Peru.
Because pears require cold weather to become sweet, our orchardists pick each pear the moment it ripens, after which we place them in cold storage for up to 30 days. This ensures that every pear in your box will arrive within a day or two of being ready to eat.
We work with growers in multiple parts of the world to ensure that we have access to the right climate to grow top-quality Comice pears all year. Our orchardists fly out to Chile and New Zealand to inspect the pears we select, and we fly orchardists from those countries here to train them so they can provide pears that meet our standards.
Depending on the year, our pears can ripen anywhere from the second week of August to mid-September. The cooler the growing season is, the faster our pears ripen.
Our peaches ripen from the beginning of July into August while the weather’s warm. Unlike pears, peaches ripen faster in warm weather. If we get a cooler fall season, this means the peach crop and pear harvest will sometimes run together.
Every peach and pear (the two fruits we grow in our own orchards) is picked by hand and sorted in the field. We then use a machine to take 17 pictures and sort them again to weed out imperfections, and finally, before packing, each piece of fruit is looked at one more time, by hand, to ensure only the highest-quality fruit is shipped.
We grow about 400 tons of Oregold® Peaches, 15,500 tons of Royal Riviera® Pears, and 800 tons of Bosc pears. The total harvest varies based on weather conditions throughout the year.
The majority of the apples we sell come from quality growers in Washington, since Washington apples are high quality and can be shipped everywhere in the U.S. From March to July, when apples aren’t in season there, we send our orchardists and merchants to New Zealand, which shares similar climate characteristics to the U.S. Pacific Northwest in many areas.
In order to turn orange, citrus fruit needs the cold. When temperatures are too warm at night, oranges, HoneyBells, and other fruit will stay green—even though they’re perfectly sweet and delicious. They just don’t take on that beautiful orange hue.
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