The October 18, 2000 edition of the New York Times ran the following article:
Asian Pears, Grown in Bags,
deserves a little pampering. Once the blossoms fall off the Asian pear
trees at Umpqua Organic Farm in Roseburg, Ore., each tiny budding fruit is
enclosed in a two-ply paper bag imported from China. The bags keep the
skin tender and uniform in color and prevent insect damage as the fruit
matures on the tree. The pears are picked at their peak, then nestled in
boxes with form-fitting foam liners for shipping.
Here's what the October 2000 issue of Town & Country Magazine published.
Karl Rubenberger says he simply
doesn't know of any other commercial orchard that pampers its pears the
way he does. At his Umpqua Organic Farm, along Oregon's Umpqua River,
Rubenberger grows four varieties of large, crispy Asian pears, following
traditional Japanese methods: Each emerging fruit is enclosed within a
paper bag and grows in its own protected micro-environment until it's
ready to be handpicked and packed directly in it's shipping box. The
results are picture-perfect and perfectly delicious - whether it's a Large
Korean (intensely sweet), a 20th Century (evoking butterscotch), a Shinko
(rendolent of wine), or a Shinseiki (the most delicately flavored of the
four). A seven-pound box of nine pears costs $21.95, plus shipping. To
order (September through mid-November), call 541-673-3223; www.umpqua-organic-farm.com.
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