Unique Produce

The premium soils of the Pacific Northwest combined with warm days and cold nights make ideal conditions for growing a variety of unique produce items. Some products have a limited seasonal offering and are available only two weeks of the year. Dragonberry promotes its unique produce by creating innovative packaging designs that enhance product display in the marketplace.

 

The Hidden Rose Apple®

Packaging: single-layer box

The Hidden Rose Apple® is a unique apple featuring bright pink flesh inside the fruit. This difficult-to-grow apple responds well to the climate of the Pacific Northwest. Grown using the highest environmental standards, all Hidden Rose Apples® are certified organic.

The Hidden Rose Story:

The original tree from which today's Hidden Rose Apple trees are grown was located on land belonging to Lucky and Audrey Newell in Airlie, Oregon. The "parent tree" of the unique apple known as the Newell-Kimzey variety was growing in the middle of the Newells' meadow just six feet from an abandoned, hand-dug well. This original tree from which all Hidden Rose red-fleshed apples come was still young in 1960 when the Newells moved to this land where they raised horses and cattle. The apple tree was too small for the Newells' children to climb, so they played at the edge of the meadow where a spring bubbled up in the middle of an old orchard of larger fruit trees and grapes on this almost magical land where life was a wonder and yellow-green apples were red inside.

The Newells sold the eighty acres where this one and only red-fleshed apple tree stood and then moved to a larger property in the mid 1960s.

Two decades later, Louis Kimzey, former field manager at Thomas Paine Farms, was walking through the Newells' old orchards and meadows when he picked an apple from a large tree and was amazed at what he found inside: the apple that has now become the world's foremost red-fleshed apple fruit: the Hidden Rose.

 

Lady Apples

Packaging: 12-lb. box

Grown near Mt. Hood in Oregon, the Lady Apple is only available in limited qualities during the fall. The flavor of this juicy apple ranges from tart to sweet and its size varies from 1 inch to 2.5 inches in diameter.

 

20th Century Japanese Pear

Packaging: double- or single-layer box

The 20th Century Japanese Pear originated around 1900 in Tottori, located in the Chūgoku region on the Honshū Island of Japan.

This particular pear is responsible for the high popularity of pears in Japan; today it is the most sought after of all the pear varieties.

The uniqueness of the Japanese pear has elevated its status to that of a "special gift" given to family, friends, and business associates.

This premium 20th Century pear is a larger round variety with yellow skin. Its delicious flavor and crisp texture make this pear desirable for use in salads and an excellent choice for snacks.

The Dragonberry 20th Century Japanese Pear is grown exclusively in the Pacific Northwest and harvested with intensive hand labor.

During the growing season a protective bag is carefully placed around each individual pear while it is still on the tree. When ready for harvest each pear is hand-picked and carefully packaged in a protective styrofoam "sock" to prevent bruising and crushing. The final step in the process is to place each individual pear in a single-layer tray that is hand wrapped for protection and then placed in a specially designed box for shipping.

 

Asian Pear

Packaging: double- or single-layer box

Asian Pears grown in the Pacific Northwest are offered only in the fall. There are three distinct skin colors: brown, gold, and yellow.

 

Green Dragon Apple

Packaging: double- or single-layer box

Originating in Japan from the Aomori Apple Research Center around 1920, the Green Dragon apple was named after the Chinese symbol for royalty. It is highly prized and a delicacy in many Asian countries.

The appearance of the Green Dragon apple resembles a green-tinted Golden Delicious but the white, crisp‑textured flesh of the Green Dragon apple is encased in a skin that resists bruising. Coming from the same parents as the Mutsu and Shizuka apples, it has raised above its siblings in taste, flavor, and popularity. It is a sweet apple, with low acidity, and numerous fruit esters in the aroma, it is known as the most aromatic of apples. The flavor has been described as having a slight pineapple flavor and yet others have compared it to a pear-like taste. The taste is sweet yet it leaves a subtle hint of tart behind.

Although locally grown and harvested in the Pacific Northwest, until now the Green Dragon apple has been mainly exported to Asia, available only to the public through fruit stands, farmers' markets, or you-pick orchards.
A true hidden treasure brought to light and introduced to you by Dragonberry Produce.

 

Lychee

Packaging: (12) 1-pint clamshells

Imported from Taiwan and Mexico, the Lychee is a translucent grape-like fruit that is sweet, juicy, and fragrant. Available April through August, this fresh fruit makes a perfect summer treat.

 

Premium Chestnuts

Packaging: 25-lb. bag

Oregon's chestnuts are certified by The Food Alliance as "sustainably grown". The chestnuts have a polished and deep sheen appearance without any additives. The meat has a buttery taste that is enhanced when roasted. A limited offering is available October through December.

 

Rhubarb

Packaging: 15-lb. box, 20-lb. box, (12) 1-lb. cello

Rhubarb stems are tart tasting, commonly used in sauces and pies. It can be eaten raw or stewed in desserts. The primary nutrients in rhubarb are calcium and potassium. Hot House and Fresh Field Rhubarb are available from the Pacific Northwest.

 

Berries

Packaging: (12) 4.4-oz., (12) 5.6-oz. clamshells

In the Pacific Northwest, the berry season extends from June through September and produces a selection of berries with varying tastes ranging from tart to sweet.

 

Baby Kiwi
Blackberries
Black Currants
Black Raspberries
Blueberries

Gooseberries
Red Currants
Red Raspberries
White Currants
Cranberries