One of the PNW star fruits; the cherry, is starting to close its season for another year. Washington State is one of the top growers for cherries in the U.S. along with Oregon, California and Michigan. This year Washington State produced an estimated 250,000 tons of cherries according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Summer is in full swing at Northwest Naturals that has us longing for tall, chilled cocktails and light fruit based desserts. At the end of last month we developed several new blends based on the region of the world; Oceania.
This month the R and D team is creating some new blends inspired by Oceania. Oceania includes Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia and over 1,000 smaller Pacific islands. All types of tropical fruits are found within this large and vast region.
Last week, R and D kicked off the New Year by continuing our blend development on a new continent, Africa. One of our developers, Shana decided to focus a blend on Gooseberries. Gooseberries are native to Europe and North Africa.
Last month the R and D department had a fun morning presenting new blends that we created around Central America and the Caribbean. For our development we focused specifically on Belize, El Salvador and Caribbean this time.