Peak time for Rainier cherries
By Mark E. Stroder
SUMMER RIDDLE: What has radiant bright peach-tree buds to freeze to death, the young
yellow skin, blushing cheeks and an incompara- scientist turned his expert attention to a differ-ble yummy taste, but an all-too-short life span? ent fruit: the appetizing cherry.
Answer: Rainier cherries. With their Fogle crossed two red cherry
unique look and flavor, Rainier cherries may varieties, Bing and Van, and came
be the prettiest and sweetest fruit in the up with a yellow cherry that took
orchard. But they’re available only from June on a red blush as it matured.
to mid-August. Growers soon discovered that the
“Their season is far too short, but they Rainier not only had wonderful fla-are so delicious, they are definitely worth the vor and texture, it also grew plumper
wait,” says Costco buyer Sharlene Taylor. and sweeter than its red cousins did.
Named for majestic Mount Rainier in Rainier cherries typically contain about
Washington state, where they were devel- 30 percent more sugar than traditional dark
NORTHWEST CHERRY GROWERS
oped, the cherries are grown in the fertile cherries. But the Rainiers at Costco take the
orchards east of the peak. Washington is the flavor to an even higher level. Costco growers Rainier cherries are renowned for their
largest cherry-producing state in the nation, selectively pick each tree bearing this highly plump size and sweet taste.
andhasbecomefamousworldwideforgrow- sensitive fruit up to four and five times
ing some of the biggest—and sweetest— throughoutthe season.
Rainiers in the world. The sugar level naturally gets higher as Rainiers are a tantalizing treat, but their
Like many great discoveries, the Rainier the season progresses, making the ripe Rainier healthy attributes make them a guilt-free
was born out of a little luck, and, in this case, a special treat. In fact, there is some brown pleasure. They are a good source of fiber and
a timely assist from Mother Nature. discoloration that can initially look like a bruise vitamin C, are low in fat and sodium-free, and
In1949, Washington State Universityhired mark on the tender Rainier skin, but it is contain no cholesterol.
Dr. Harold Fogle to breed new peach varieties. actually an accumulation of the sugar solids “They’re Mother Nature’s special treat to
But when the great freeze of ’49 caused the that make the cherry so delicious. all of us,” Sharlene says. C
Kirkland Signature bacon sandwich or crumble it in a salad or a
adds sizzle to every day Precooked bacon is also economical.
Its shelf life is much longer than traditional bacon’s. So, you can grab a few
WHEN I THINK of eating bacon while I was cooked bacon makes it slices at a time and not worry about
growing up, pleasant memories—Saturday a snap to work bacon having to cook the remainder of the
mornings, the distinct bacon aroma that into menus every day of package before it spoils.
filled the kitchen, the great taste—are bal- the week. “Precooked bacon has helped
anced by memories of scrubbing lots and lots “Bacon isn’t just for transform this onetime breakfast
of grease from a heavy cast-iron frying pan. breakfast anymore,” says meat into a go-with-any-meal, seven-day-a-Today, there’s Kirkland Signature™ pre- Sarah. “It’s so simple with week sensation,” Sarah says.—MES
cooked bacon by Hormel—hot and ready to sandwiches, burgers and salads. It’s a quick
eat after just a few seconds in the sourceofgreat-tastingprotein.”
microwave—providing that great bacon fla- Members will note that Kirkland Signature vor and aroma, but without all the prepara- precooked bacon is noticeably thick-sliced, tion and cleanup time. Costco food buyer especially when compared to the bacon sold bacon
Sarah George says Kirkland Signature pre- by many retail competitors.
Sarah says Costco chose thicker bacon
because thinner slices found elsewhere can be
overcooked “Our bacon has the same taste as
traditional bacon,” she says. “The only difference is that it’s been precooked.
“Traditional precooked bacon is usually
used in a deli on a sandwich,” Sarah continues. “Our precooked bacon is designed to be
served next to scrambled eggs or pancakes as
a traditional breakfast meat. It’s ideal for
breakfast, a quick BLT or adding to your
Bacon has become such a versatile food
companion that you may prefer to take
Kirkland Signature precooked bacon out of
the package cold and include it in a turkey
precooked bacon by Hormel
$9.25 for 1 pound (58 cents per ounce)
Oscar Meyer precooked bacon: $3.39
for 2. 1 ounces ($1.61 per ounce)
Tyson precooked bacon: $3.06 for 2. 2
ounces ($1.39 per ounce)
Kirkland Signature precooked bacon is
offered at well over 100 percent
savings over other leading brands.
Source: AC Nielson national research covering the
12-week period ending May 7, 2005.