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What are the white spots that appear inside a peach pit?

This whitish tissue may actually appear on the pit and/or in the pit cavity (area inside peach around pit) of a ripe peach. It is called callus tissue (undifferentiated cells). It is not a fungus, bacteria, mold or other type of disease. It is naturally occurring, and is not harmful. It can be safely eaten along with the rest of the peach

Tree Fruit Update 5/20/11

It appears that this year we will move directly from winter into summer. With a chance of rain still in the forecast for the next few days it seems mother nature will do what she wants. Early next week is predicted to be sunny and in the 80’s with another chance of rain at the […]

Tree Fruit Update 5/6/11

Stone fruit season is right around the corner, and things have been heating up in the Valley. It doesn’t appear things will stay hot for long, but if they do the season could be coming even sooner then anticipated. What does this mean for the fruit if things continue this direction? A large increase of […]

Studies have shown that fresh grapes support a healthy cardiovascular system

Grapes contain a natural mix of antioxidants that help support a healthy heart and may offer an array of other health benefits. Studies have shown that grapes may help support a healthy cardiovascular system in the following ways: · by preventing platelet aggregation (which can lead to clot formation) · enhancing arterial flexibility and function […]

Pluots simply a branded plum

Flavorosa & Flavorich are commonly known as plums within the industry but are technically branded as pluots by the nursery. While some pluots like the Dapple Dandy and Flavor Grenade follow common characteristics of a pluot, many other plums are being thrown into the pluot category that do not have any special characteristics. If it looks like a plum and eats like a plum, it is a plum!

Our solar farm has arrived!

Last year, HMC Farms installed the industry’s largest solar farm, with enough solar panels to generate 2.5 megawatts of renewable energy daily. To put it into perspective, this amount of solar energy would power 2,500 homes! HMC was one of the first tree fruit packing houses and cold storage facilities in the San Joaquin Valley […]

Lifespan of a peach tree

Fact or Fiction: The average lifespan of a peach and nectarine tree is 12 years. Fact. Unlike permanent crops that last for 40 years, peach and nectarine trees only last for about 12 years. Year 1 though 3 the tree is not producing any fruit but is concentrated on growing a good base for peach production years. Year 4 through 8 are peak production times. Depending upon the variety these trees could produce over 2,500 boxes an acre. Starting about year 8 the tree starts producing less and less fruit. By about year 12 the production amount has lowered so…

Labor Issues

Our Industry’s largest issue today is Labor Labor Laws & Card Check–Card check, also called majority sign-up, is a method for American employees to organize into a labor union in which a majority of employees in a bargaining unit sign authorization forms, or “cards,” stating they wish to be represented by the union. […] Read more »

Is Your Fruit Hydrocooled?

Is your fruit hydrocooled? If you like ripe fruit, it should be. Hydrocooling is the process of taking the field heat out of the fruit after harvest before packing. It allows pickers to harvest fruit at a riper stage than fruit that is packed without hydrocooling. Our summer temperatures can hover around 100 degrees, so it is important to bring down the temperature of the fruit to around 58 degrees before packing. We only cool to 58 degrees because it was discovered that temperatures below 58 can lead to staining and splitting in tree fruit. Hydrocooling is just one essential…

Ideal weather conditions

Why winter lows in the 30s and summer highs in the 100s are perfect for our tree fruit trees. After a long 9 months of work to produce a crop, the trees need 3 months of cold weather in the 30s and 40s to recharge. Between November and January we measure chill hours in our […] Read more »