Fall in the summer


Illustration by Serene Lusano

Even though it’s still officially summer, the local fruit tastes more like fall. Instead of those last watery peaches still on sale, go for some local pears. The Delta is known as prime pear territory, with acres of trees growing in the rich, alluvial soil. Gorgeous ruby-red starkrimson pears or bright green sunsprites mingle well in fruit salads with the last of the summer produce. They provide lots of fiber and vitamin C, so avoid those Indian summer sniffles with a pear a day. Try mini comice and forelle for perfect lunchbox fruit.