Picking Winter Fruit at Swanton's in Pescadero, California
This winter, escape hectic holiday shopping with a relaxing visit to Swanton U-Pick Berry Farm. Not berries, but furry brown kiwi fruit adorn vines like edible ornaments. Duck under the living canopies and fill a bucket with the fresh fruit November through January. Impatient pickers tempted to sample the juicy green flesh will get a bitter surprise; Swanton recommends a week in the fridge followed by several days ripening with other fruit for the optimum sweetness, and it's well worth the wait. At just $1.50/lb in 2011-2012, frugal hosts can treat out-of-town family to a kiwi-picking outing, or pick ahead to impress guests with a fresh fruit platter at holiday dinners.
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