10/6/13

NYTimes: "Some Fruits Are Better Than Others"

In a recent article from the New York Times, grapes (along with blueberries, grapefruits and apples) are specifically cited as significantly reducing the risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Check it out here.

9/26/13

Introducing...

Little Wrinkles Cheeseboards

with
-fresh seasonal fruit
-local hard & soft cheeses
-Little Wrinkles Raisins

*custom made to order


9/6/13

Local Grape Season is upon us!

What we've all been waiting for....

NY State Grapes!

Canadice and Champagne Grapes from The Cheerful Cherry Farm in Hector, NY


9/2/13

Just Added This Week

from Treelicious Orchards in Port Murray, New Jersey!

-Local

-Dried at PEAK RIPENESS

Sugar Plums
Italian Plums
Donut Peaches






8/12/13

Chocolate Covered Raisins

Little Wrinkles recently paid a visit to the Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NYC) where they produce some of the highest quality chocolate around, using absolutely nothing but pure cacao beans and sugar.


Even some of the highest regarded chocolate companies today use emulsifiers, binders and preservatives to achieve a certain texture, color or shelf life- not the Mast Brothers.


A modestly sized space, everything is done on premises from roasting the beans to packaging the bars in their gorgeously designed wrappers.  The aroma alone is worth a visit.



We picked up a few baking bars (73% Cacao Dark) to test with and, not surprisingly, these have been our best chocolate covered raisins yet.  The best part is- we can say without a doubt that they have 3 single ingredients: dried grapes, cacao and sugar.  That's it!

It would defeat the point of our all natural raisins to cover them with anything but the purest chocolate.








8/8/13

Witch Finger, Cotton Candy & Sweet Sapphire


Yes, these are all new "breeds" of grapes.

In an effort to make fruit more relevant to consumers' now intensely sugary palates, horticulturists and fruit breeders are cross-breeding grape varietals- taking the sweetness of one, the texture of another and forming grapes that will hopefully be as addictive as candy.

"We're competing against candy bars and cookies," said Cain, 62, a former scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture who now heads research at privately owned International Fruit Genetics in Bakersfield.

"Columbine Vineyards in Delano, Calif., already has two successful patented varieties, the cranberry red Holiday Seedless and the ultra sweet Black Globe, a seeded berry with a strong following in Asia. More are in the pipeline."

First Cutie Clementines, then Honeycrisp Apples, Pluots, Peacharines and Cherums...

What will they think of next?

Read the original article here on LATimes.com



8/7/13

Local Gooseberries

Our first time drying Gooseberries and they were a wild success!

Sweet, tart, a little sour, complex and original...definitely making more ASAP.



Read more about the nutritional punch they pack here.

8/6/13

Cotton Candy Grapes






Just like pluots (plum/apricot), peacharines (peach/nectarine), and cherums (cherry/plum)- now horticulturists are experimenting with new hybrids of grapes!

Read on at NPR.com