Berry Facts

Strawberries

Taste the sweet, wholesome goodness of strawberries from one of the largest, farmer direct and year round growers in California – Rincon Fresh.

Strawberries are the most popular fruit eaten all over the world and used in jams, ice creams, coulis, tarts, pies, milk shakes, etc. They contain high vitamin C, manganese, folic acid, and fiber levels. Believe it or not, strawberry is not a berry! It is a fruit that bears about 200 seeds on the outside. The traditional strawberry season is from June until mid August, but California's unique, moderate temperatures on its Pacific coast, and advanced farming methods have created a 12-month growing season. This, combined with abundant sunny days and cool, moist evenings, make California strawberries the pick of the crop. As the nation's leading producer of strawberries, California was responsible for more than 2.3 billion pounds of strawberries being harvested in 2013 – a staggering 88 percent of all the fresh and frozen strawberries nationally! To learn more about the incredible, California strawberry, visit the California Strawberry Commission website.

Blackberries

Our “plant whisperers” pay so much attention to our Blackberries, you’ll never find more robust, mouth-watering fruit that represents the best that California and nature can provide. Blackberries are a Compound Fruit: berry-like fleshy fruits that do not develop from a single ovary like true berries. Compound fruits have many ovaries from a single or multiple flowers that combine to form one compound berrylike fruit. Their dark blue/purple color is visual evidence that have one of the highest levels of antioxidants of all fruit. The health benefits of antioxidants — in this case Vitamin C — are merely a bonus to the sweet yet tart flavor unique to blackberries. Long known as a summer delicacy in northern climates, the typical Blackberry season is short – from June through September. Rincon Fresh has managed to double our Blackberry growing season for both conventional and organic crops from May through December.

Blueberries

Enjoyed fresh or in your favorite recipe, all our blueberries are family farmed with care and more than 50 years of berry expertise to bring you all health and rich flavor benefits you deserve.

Between 1997 and 2007, U.S. consumption of blueberries nearly doubled to 22 ounces per person, due in large part to being popularized in the media as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. They now rank second in berry popularity only to strawberries in the U.S., which supplies over half of all blueberries on a global basis. Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America, and have been happily consumed for hundreds of years by Native Americans. Besides their antioxidant properties, a cup of blueberries are very high in fiber — 4 grams. Although these dark-blue or purple berries provide the greatest health benefits when eaten fresh, it’s hard to resist enjoying how they flavor jams, purées, juice, pies and muffins.

Raspberries

Experience the passion and commitment we put into every delicious bite and you’ll see why after years of growing for others, we decided to grow our raspberries just for you.

Like blackberries, raspberries are a compound fruit that has many ovaries from a single or multiple flowers that combine to form one compound berry-like fruit. Unlike blackberries, raspberries have a structured hollowed space around which their tiny fruits collect. Raspberries rank as the third most popular berry in the U.S. after strawberries and blueberries, and like them, are high in antioxidants. Traditionally, raspberries were a mid-summer crop, but new technology allows us to grow them in California’s temperate climate and fertile soils year round – which they favor by providing us with their incredible sweetness. They are delicious in jams and jellies, pies, ice creams, and salads and dressings.