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You got pluot?

Mottled skin on you: Not good. Mottled skin on pluot: Very good. So we’re lucky to have the prized gem of mottle-skinned plum-apricot hybrids — the Dinosaur Egg Pluot — grown commercially right here at Tiny’s Organic, the popular fruit-andveggie farm in East Wenatchee. Sweet and juicy, big as an apple and loaded with antioxidants, The Dino Egg (a variety of the trademarked Dapple Dandy pluot) has flesh that’s colored a pink blush to a peachy red. Best of all, you can grab one of Tiny’s Dino Eggs at the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market (and 45 other markets served by Tiny’s around the state) well into September. As for your own mottled epidermis? One word: sunblock.

Happy Harvest



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September / October 2013

Heirlooms loom large

Believe it or not, you can crunch a bite off a Roxbury Russet picked here today that tastes pretty much the same as one grown 400 years ago. The Roxbury is one of more than 150 heirloom apples cultivated by East Wenatchee orchardist Jack Feil, a guy who definitely knows his pomaceous edibles. Problem is, Jack only has one tree of Roxbury fruit, so you’re unlikely to find it at Feil’s Fruit Stand (hugging Highway 97 in Baker Flats). A better bet for an authentic heirloom is Jack’s crop of Spitzenbergs, the apple purported to have crowned Wenatchee as Apple Capital of the World. They were first cultivated back east in the late 1700s, and the Feil family has grown them here for more than 100 years. Good for eating, excellent for baking, the Spitzenberg ripens from mid-September into October. Altogether now: “pie!”

Foothills Magazine Sep-Oct 2013  
Foothills Magazine Sep-Oct 2013  

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