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Are Your Pears RIPE? How to Tell + Make a Pear Ripen Faster

Pears are seriously underrated. They’re pretty on the outside with colors of green and sometimes red, and they’re sweet, juicy and crisp on the inside, and really healthy. Thankfully, pears have been getting more attention (maybe because of Rick Ross’ shout out) and delectable pear recipes have been sprinkled all over the internet.

Pears can be eaten raw in salads, baked in sweet treats and even pureed into a sauce. If you are fantasizing about running to your local grocery store to pick up some pears to eat immediately, not so fast; they might not be ripe yet!

Know Your Pears: How Many Types Are There?

pears make ripen quicklyBefore learning about ripening your pears, you should know about the different types of pears (there are 10 types of these curvy beauties!) and find out which ones you want.

The fancy names for these fancy fruits are Anjous (red & green), Bartlett, Red Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Forelle, Seckel and Starkrimson.

Each kind of pear has their own level of sweetness and texture (just like us; not all of us pear-eaters are sweet!). For instance, Bosc are sweet and best for baking.

The world-famous Royal Riviera pears from Harry & David (view coupons) are actually a type of Comice pear, grown only in Southern Oregon. The Comice is known as the sweetest and juiciest pear, and a favorite to send as a holiday gift.

Most of these pears don’t show a color change when ripening, except for the Barlett. When a Barlett pear (one of the most common pears we reach for) is ripe, the skin brightens to a yellow color – a happy color for a happy, ripe day!

How Long Do Pears Take to Ripen?

After pears are plucked off of the tree that gave them life, they aren’t ready to eat, and need some time for their sugars to develop, and then they begin to ripen.

So, how do we know when the rest of the pears are ripe? If you have your pears at room temperature on the kitchen counter, here’s how long they might take to ripen:

  • Bartlett pears: 4 to 5 days
  • Bosc and Comice (including Royal Riviera) pears: 5 to 7 days
  • Anjou pears: 7 to 10 days.

After you have a ripe pear, that’s when you can store them into your refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.

Note that some varieties of pears will develop brown spots, but this is not bad or a sign of rotting. This is called russeting which is natural and does not take away from the delicious flavor.

Freshly cut pears will start to brown quickly. If you’re serving them and don’t want them to brown, just dip them in a mixture of half-water, half-lemon juice.

*Related: Fruit, including pears, is now zero points with the new Weight Watchers points system

How to Tell If a Pear is Ripe? Check the Neck!

check pear neck ripeIt can be hard to tell when they are ripe because not all types of pears change in color.  If you bite into one, it might have an exciting crunching sound, but you won’t get that sweet, delicious taste.

TipCheck the neck: The USA Pear Bureau (is that who agent Ethan Hunt reports to?)  has an easy ripe test that can pass for all types of pears: check the neck! (I wonder if that phrase will catch on at Trump rallies? Check the neck! Check the neck!)

Simply press your thumb against the pear’s neck (the stem – don’t break its skinny neck!) If the unbroken neck yields to your pressure, then it’s a ready-to-eat pear! If it still feels very firm, try again tomorrow.

Tip: If your thumb gets buried deep in the pear, and juices run through your tightly-wrapped fingers, you are probably harboring a lot of anger. Remember, it’s a pear, not a stress-ball.

Not ripe yet? Check the neck every day until it’s pear-fectly ripe. This may take a couple days to a whole week. If you need your pears sooner, you can do some things to speed up the ripening.

How to Ripen Pears Quickly: The “Brown Paper Bag” Method

brown paper bagOne thing you can do to make a pear ripen faster is the same method known to ripen avocados faster! Pear your pear with a ripe apple or ripe banana and place them into a brown paper bag.

This traps the pear with more ethylene gas (the gas fruits give off during the ripening process) and triggers the ripening process to speed up.

You’ll want to check them a couple of times a day though, as this can double the speed at which they ripen.

Tip: Brown paper bags are preferred as, unlike colored or white bags, they don’t have dyes or inks in the paper which may leech into your fruit.

Ripen Pears Faster: The “Pear-Pressure” Method

bowl of pearsIf you’re in a hurry, another way to speed up the ripening process (once again because of the science of ethylene gas) is to “pear” a bunch of pears together in a basket. 

When one fruit ripens, the others think it’s cool and want to follow along and ripen too. You might even call it, “pear-pressure!” (are you getting the puns yet?)

*Hopefully the ripe pears won’t start cyber-bullying the unripe ones, but it happens.

How to Slow Down the Ripening Process

If you want to delay ripening, you can put pears in the refrigerator. Put them in a clear tupperware container and cover the top with Saran Wrap. This way you can keep an eye on them and not forget about them.

A pear is perfectly ripe for a short time. If you do forget about your pears for too long (How could this happen? Get your priorities straight, man!), don’t worry. Unlike most fruits, overripe pears can still be just as tasty.

Harry & David suggests that overripe pears are good texture agents in cooking and can still lend sweetness to smoothies, pies, cakes, and other purees. View recipes for Harry and David pears here.

Rick Ross’ shout out to pears:

“They give me fruit to eat… I eat pears and sh*t like that; shoutout to all the pears!”

Well, after Rick Ross’ viral pear-endorsement, all the cool kids are going to be going out and buying some, so get your pears from Harry and David while they last! (Hmmm… his body even has a pear-shape!)

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Harry & David Thank You Gifts: Free Shipping on $59+

harry david logoThank you baskets & gifts from Harry & David – If you’re looking to say, “thanks” for any reason at all, consider sending delicious fresh fruit basket from harryanddavid.com. They have a huge selection of gourmet gift ideas perfectly packed and ready for free delivery with today’s promo code:

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Free Shipping on Gourmet Thank You Gift Baskets Sent from Harry and David

Sending fresh fruit and gourmet gift baskets are a great way to express your appreciation, gratefulness, or recognition for any reason at all. While thank you cards are appreciated, they sure don’t compare to the delicious gifts of gratitude from harryanddavid.com.

If you’re looking to say, “thanks,” consider their gourmet gift baskets packed with decadent snacks like Moose Munch popcorn, chocolate truffles, Royal Riviera Pears, Oranges & citrus, and mixed nuts.

Also Consider Sending Wine or Flowers to Say, “Thanks!”

Add wine to a number of their gift baskets and towers for an extra special & classy, “thank you.” Flowers are a traditional way to show that you’re thankful, and Harry & David has a number of fresh bouquets that you can add a custom message to.

There are also a number of wine gifts to show your indebtedness that are not in the “thank you” category that are eligible for site-wide discounts at harryanddavid.com. These wines are made from local vineyards near their fruit orchards in Southern Oregon, and aged in fancy French oak barrels. A number of them are limited edition vintages, and guaranteed to please anyone who you’d like to thank!

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Fruit Clubs: A Decadent Way to Send a Thank You Gift Monthly to a Loved One

If someone went above and beyond and you’d like to show gratitude in a big way, consider their fruit of the month clubs, which includes a number of seasonal gourmet fruit and food options delivered each month. *Read about the Interesting origin of saying thank you here.

A Number of Thank You Gifts May Be Personalized

Several of the gift baskets highlighted in the “thank you” category include not only the option of a custom message, but are also wrapped with an actual thank you ribbon. These baskets contain seasonal gifts, Valentine’s day, and there are Kosher options too. You can also say thanks by sending steaks or seafood from Omaha Steaks (free shipping with coupon!

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Harry & David Thanksgiving Gift Ideas + 20% Off Coupon

thanksgiving travelHarry & David Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving is by far my most favorite holiday – and I’m sure I’m not alone in this statement. After all, it is the busiest time to travel in the U.S. Whether by plane, train or automobile, Americans use this holiday for gathering together with old and new friends and reconnecting with family, all while enjoying a full spread of traditional goodies.

So, why not use Harry & David‘s current Thanksgiving Sale as an excuse to spread the love?

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Thanksgiving With Harry & David

Mmmm… Thanksgiving! My mouth is watering as memories of juicy turkey with gravy and pumpkin pie come to mind. Of course it’s not always possible to pack up and travel across the country during this festive time. That’s when Harry & David pick up the slack. They offer a full selection of Thanksgiving gifts to send, sure enough to please any pallet.

May I suggest sending the turkey? Although quite different from flowers (which are also available to send from H&D), sending the turkey could be the most thoughtful thing you’ll do for someone (or yourself) this year. Help the hosts with their feast preparation by sending them a 10 lb, already cooked turkey from Harry & David. This is a great tasting, time-saving gift. All they’ll need to do is turn on the oven and warm up their turkey.

Not a fan of turkey? No worries, you can choose a Spiral Ham to ship instead. Or, maybe you were just asked to bring a side? They have a plethora of options; everything from cheese assortments, to fresh fruit.

Thanksgiving Turkey Feast Package

harry david ham thanksgivingWant to go one step further for your loved ones? Harry & David also offer a Holiday Turkey Feast package. (And, I promise it’s a lot tastier than what they ate at the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1620!)

Need I say more? This is the perfect gift for parents to send their working adult kids. Hey Mom! (hint hint)  For the time-squeezed generation, nothing is better than having all your festive favorites on the table without having to spend hours on your day off in the kitchen making them.

This package comes with a slightly smaller turkey than the oven roasted one, which is perfect for the average family of 4 – 6 people. Also included are all the fixings and a blueberry-peach crisp desert. If you’re a traditionalist, you can add a pumpkin cheesecake from H&D too. This would be a popular and appreciated gift for college kids and also for aging parents.

There’s also a Thanksgiving sale over at Omaha Steaks (click for coupons & combos that ship free), so check that out as a gift option for your carnivore friends!

Gourmet Thanksgiving Gift Baskets (Even Quiche!)

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Can’t decide on a single item? Gourmet gift baskets may be the way to go. With over a dozen to choose from, there’s something for everyone’s budget and tastes. Harry & David gift baskets give an assortment of their finest gourmet foods and wine. From sweet to savory, the choice is yours. Spread the “Thanks” this Thanksgiving season to your clients and employees with a personalized gift basket they’ll gobble.

Saving the best for last – dessert. Think outside the pumpkin pie box, with H&D’s excellent dessert selection. On top of the pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie, check out the chocolate dipped pears and apples. And for something a little more decadent, Harry & David’s chocolate truffles are sumptuous.

Seasonal Thanksgiving Sale: Appetizers, & Gourmet Gift Ideas From Harry & David

thanksgiving garfieldOf course you could pack the minivan with the kiddos and prep for that 9 hour drive to your cousins instead, but why not save the headaches and money and simply send some love in the form of a Harry & David Thanksgiving gift?

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday.  People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year.  And then discover once a year is way too often.” – Johnny Carson

*Check out these thanksgiving appetizer ideas from Harry & David.

Whatever you decide, just be sure to use a coupon for up to a 20% discount or free shipping! Also, there are a number of new coupons for omahasteaks.com for up to 50% off + free delivery! 

Also, you probably won’t feel very good about yourself the day after Thanksgiving, so please consider one of our coupons for popular diets at mightydiets.com! You can save $20 or more towards Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem & more.

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I Was Sent Pears, Now What? 9 Great Recipes for Harry & David Pears

logo harry david squareYou’ve got… pears! – You get that conspicuous knock on the front door. You rush over to see what it is. Your heart flutters as you see a box shaped to hold only the finest chocolates. You pick it up. It’s quite heavy to your surprise. You quickly un-wrap the wonderful gift as your mouth begins to salivate. Oh yum, my favorite…. pears!?

Someone must have known how health-conscience you are, or perhaps wanted to send you a unique gift. Someone special is thinking of you. Whether it was a promotion, a new house, a new baby or a special occasion, Harry & David Pears are a tasty notable gift to send and receive. But now that you have anywhere from 9 to a dozen or so ripe pears what are you going to do with them?

As you ponder that question, sit down, have a pear, and let me show you some delicious pear recipes.

Some Favorite Pear Recipe Ideas

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Harry & David Pear Recipes: Pear Salads, Tarts, or Poached

For starters, pears add a delicious freshness to most salads. Their mild yet sweet flavor pairs nicely with a blue cheese & walnut salad. Check out Harry & David’s two salad recipes for their “Royal Riviera Pears”; Riviera Rogue Valley Salad and Royal Riviera Pears & Endive with Honey-Lemon Dressing.

roasted pear tart recipeAlthough pears pair with salads quite nicely, they’ll only use up a couple of them unless you’re entertaining 2 dozen people. If you’re looking to use up the bulk of them in a recipe try making a pear tart or galette which will call for 4 – 6 pears if not more, depending on their size. Poached pears are another example of a stunning dessert that is very simple to make and mouth-watering good. Recipes for both poached pears and tarts are abundant on the internet, as are money-saving coupons for Harry and David including free shipping!

No Recipe Required: Just Add Harry & David Pears to Sandwiches, Salads, or Smoothies

If you’re not into whipping up a gourmet dish, here are some pear ideas for the common man. Try adding them to your favorite smoothie recipe. Their mild, yet sweet juices will enhance the flavor of most other fruit you decide to blend. A few thin slices will ramp up an average grilled cheese or make an easy, quick lunch or supper sandwich such as Royal Riviera® Pear Thin Stack by Harry & David.

*Related: Yum, 4 Hummus Recipes from Weight Watchers

You can also find Harrry & David wines that go well with their pears or even a cake from the cheesecake factory.

Pears are in season right now and are being picked by the truckloads daily over at the Harry & David orchards, so watch your doorsteps! If you are the one sending pears, get a great discount with the latest coupon codes for Harry & David here!

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Send Cheesecake! 20 Cheesecake Factory Flavors from Harry & David

cheesecake factory logoThe Cheesecake Factory; Exclusively Through Harry & David! –  A lot of the time, writing about gourmet food isn’t exactly newsworthy, but this announcement truly is exciting. Starting now, you can have 20+ varieties of cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Factory delivered through Harry & David’s website!

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So, How Do You order Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes Online?

harry david logoYes! So, they must have a cheaper bakery knock off the Cheesecake Factory recipes, freeze them, and then deliver them like a week-old brick to your door, right? No, these are fresh, quality, authentic cheesecakes, baked from the Cheesecake Factory. Basically they are so special that a team of actual elves and reindeer will deliver your order within 2 days with expedited shipping.

The Cheesecake Factory Now Online at Harry & David: Send a Whole Cheesecake

How fresh are they? They are packaged just after being baked, specially packaged with dry ice, and sent express delivery, ensuring that they are delivered in 2 days or less. Because of the extraordinary measures taken to get you these cheesecakes, an extra $9.95 is added on to the shipping price.

How much do whole Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes cost to send?

Through Harry and David these cheesecakes cost $50+ with flavors like Ultimate Red Velvet and apple caramel streusel costing significantly more. This is about the same price for cheesecakes at Cheesecake Factory stores, but when you factor in shipping, you’re definitely paying more to have one sent. This is a decadent gift though, so frugality goes out the window sometimes!

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How Big Are Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes, & How many people do they serve?

The regular size cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Factory weigh about 5 pounds and include 12 slices and serves 6-8 people.

The larger, “restaurant size” full-size cheesecakes weigh almost 6 pounds and include 12 larger slices and serve 12 people. These cheesecakes are more expensive, and can cost close to $80.

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Cheesecake Flavors: Red Velvet, Reece’s Peanut Butter, Hershey’s Chocolate, More

Flavors include: original, red velvet, pumpkin, key lime, lemon raspberry cream, chocolate mousse, dulce de leche, Reece’s Peanut Butter, chocolate raspberry truffle, salted caramel, Hershey’s chocolate, tiramisu, and more!

*Note that due to the special nature of this promotion, you can’t use Harry & David coupons towards these cheesecakes. Before the holidays, Harry & David is giving away 24 of these from their facebook page. We’ll announce the winners from our facebook page too.

More gourmet gift ideas with coupons:

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Kosher Gift Ideas: Harry & David Coupons for Hanukkah & Passover

harry david logoKosher Harry & David Coupons – Shalom! Want to impress your Jewish friends this coming Hanukah? Or perhaps you’re celebrating it and want to spread the joy, while showing respect for your faith? Consider sending a kosher gift basket from harryanddavid.com, and get up to a 20% discount or free delivery when you use a coupon below:

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Kosher Gift Ideas at Harryanddavid.com for Hanukkah, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, or Shiva: Free Shipping on $59+ or Up to a 20% Discount

Whether a practicing Jew or not, gifting kosher presents from Harry & David would make you a “yiddisher kop” (a smart person for you non-Yiddish speakers). As most Jewish holidays have roots that are deeply embedded in tradition, the practice of keeping within kosher dietary law is highly regarded amongst common festivities.

Here’s 4 great occasions to send kosher gifts;

  1. Any Jewish holiday. While Hanukkah and Passover are the most popular for gift giving, other celebrations such as Shavuot, Tu B’shvat, and Purim involve kosher foods and receiving them is a special treat. Harry & David go the extra mile to create abundant gift baskets with kosher foods that are traditionally eaten during these special days. Included are foods such as fresh and dried fruit, nuts and honey.
  2. Jewish New Year’s. Rosh Hashanah is a widely celebrated holiday. Generally occurring in the month of September, it has its own set of traditions. Among them is dipping apple slices in honey and eating honey cake. Harry & David are renowned for the delicious fresh fruit. Try pairing a fruit basket with a jar of kosher honey, or save yourself that hassle and choose 1 of the 3 gift baskets that come with a jar of honey from Harry & David.
  3. Any observed Jewish celebrations. Just like in any faith, special life moments are great times to recognize your fellow Jewish friend or family. Between weddings and baby showers, new homes and promotions, kosher presents are a nice way to show you care. Gourmet fresh fruit from harryanddavid.com are both kosher and healthy. The Triple Treat Deluxe Fruit basket pairs oranges and apples with their famous Royal Riviera pears.
  4. Any honored Jewish passage. Have a Bar Mitzvah or a Shiva around the corner? Be a mentsh (Yiddish for a genuine, caring person) and consider sending kosher gifts. Instead of flowers, show your sympathy by sending a fresh fruit basket for a Shiva. Also, saving money is appreciated in any religion, so please use a new coupon code before placing any order!

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Harry and David Jewish / Kosher Gift Baskets + New Coupons

For the most faithful Jewish person, kosher diets are upheld year round, not just during celebrations. It is regarded as important for one’s spiritual health. The dietary laws of kosher eating and foods can be quite complicated and detailed, but perhaps you’d like to consider some of their seasonal fruit, like Honeybells and oranges, or their fruit of the month clubs.

Rather than explaining the intricate features, I’ll save you my spiel and simply recommend choosing already made kosher gift baskets and kosher wine from Harry and David. They are best in class for the utmost Jewish connoisseur; and everyone loves using a coupon!

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Moose Munch Popcorn at Harry & David: Coupons & Free Shipping

harry david logoMoose Munch Sale at Harry & David(look for a coupon below) What a delicious, decadent, gourmet treat. It’s perfect as a gift by itself, as Bark, or as part of a gift basket or tower.

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Moose Munch: A Rhyme About This Sinister Tasty Popcorn & Chocolate Treat from Harry & David

moose munch popcornSo, just how good is Moose Munch Popcorn? So good, that it inspired us to tell you in rhyme:

Moose Munch is the way to go. Not sure exactly what Moose Munch is? Read below:

Picture this:

Mounds of Gourmet popcorn, smothered in decadent caramel,
Mixed together with flavors like dark chocolate fleur de sel,
Some packages have nuts, others have dried fruit thrown in,
Whatever flavor suits your fancy, they can package in a tin.

Great for family gifts or the neighbor next door,
Make sure you have some extra on hand, for when they ask for more.
Don’t forget your business clientele, partners and employees,
Moose Munch comes in sizes from a few bags to 64 mini’s.

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Use a Coupon for Moose Munch Popcorn from Harry & David!

You can’t go wrong with a gift of Moose Munch this holiday season. Send a tin, bag, or box of happiness, sure to light a smile, for every adult and child. I have a hunch they’ll love their Moose Munch, and you’ll love saving a few bucks when you use a coupon code for free shipping.

Moose Munch Recommendation

What’s better than the delicious combination of salty and sweet that makes Moose Munch so good? How about a bottle of red wine. Sure. it could be Harry & David’s brand, (expensive) but It doesn’t even have to be good wine, just enough so the alcohol kicks in and sharpens your senses and focuses you on the tasty Moose munch.

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Harry & David: Oranges, Citrus, & Honeybells Coupons

harry david logoCoupon for Oranges from Harry & David: If you’re a fan of sending Harry & David’s pears around the Holidays, consider their delicious citrus gifts as well. Their famous Honey Bell oranges, Sumo Citrus Mandarins, oranges, and grapefruit are a delicious, bright alternative.

Check out the seasonal selection below, and don’t forget to use a coupon!

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Send Harry & David Citrus With Guaranteed Quality

I bought a case of oranges the other day, only to discover later that they were dry and stringy on the inside. No one in the family would eat them so I threw out the remainder of the box. What a shame. I should’ve returned them, but didn’t keep the receipt (who keeps grocery receipts anyway?)

Anyhow, I’m tired of throwing darts at citrus fruit these days in hopes that they’ll meet my expectations (fresh and tasty – I don’t ask for much). So I’m switching to Harry and David famous Honeybell oranges, grapefruits and pears. Grown locally on their Oregon orchards and hand-picked ensures I receive only the finest quality fruit.

Never cheap, it’s always a good idea to use a coupon code whenever possible for a significant discount:

Harry & David Sumo Citrus Mandarin Oranges

Check out this picture for Harry and David’s Sumo Citrus Mandarins: Just the picture alone speaks a million words (they look like candy), but it’s the description that will convince you. “…a little larger and far easier to peel than the typical mandarin oranges. They’re also seedless and sweeter than most other kinds of citrus.” They are, or course, most famous for their delicious & seedless Honeybells, which are actually a hybrid of a Tangerine and a Duncan Grapefruit. (who knew?)

Oranges & Citrus from Harry & David

sumo citrus oranges harry davidBesides being sweet and juicy, oranges are little balls of good health; sometimes a much better idea than sending chocolates or wine. Here’s a reminder why these fruits should be a staple in your daily diet:

  1. One orange meets your daily value of the ever important vitamin C. Well known to boost your immune system, oranges pack all you need of this vital nutrient in just one fruit. Add an orange to your daily breakfast and feel great the rest of the day.
  2. Antioxidants. Similar to other fruits and berries, these round juicy mandarins contain enough of it to repair and slow down free radical damage in your body. The direct benefit? Younger looking skin than the age you’re at, according to TheHealthSite.com. Try replacing your sugar-laden OJ for the real deal fruit in your smoothies and taste the difference.
  3. Reduce your risk of stroke. An interesting study reported by the American Health Association  shows that including citrus fruits “especially oranges and grapefruit, may lower ischemic stroke risk.”
  4. Healthy – Most successful diets and weight loss programs including Weight Watchers, advocate eating fresh fruit

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Always Use a Coupon Code at harryanddavid.com!

There are always coupon codes available for Harry & David for up to a 20% discount or free shipping.

Lucky for us, Harry and David offers a favorite package of navel oranges, blood oranges, and grapefruits. Currently just $34.95 you get over 6lbs of premium citrus fruit. (That’s a substantial gift!) Complete your breakfast package by adding a loaf of their home-baked pineapple macadamia nut cake. Yum!

Winter Gift Idea: Send Honeybell or Sumo Citrus Mandarin Oranges!

Know of someone who could use a healthy gift? Be sure to shop Harry and David’s classic Fresh Fruit basket.  Containing a wide selection of fine fruit this basket will uplift anyone’s spirit, including your own!

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To keep up my New Year’s resolution (hope you haven’t forgotten yours already!), I’ve signed up for Harry and David’s Fruit of the Month Club. This is a great way to guarantee you eat your fruit and keep your promise of a healthier you in 2014. I will no longer shred money on mandarins grown in Spain that are picked out of peak season! Eat local, eat USA.