Oregold Peach Quinoa Salad and Harry & David Orchard Tour

Oregold Peaches Quinoa Salad from Reluctant Entertainer

I always love an orchard tour, especially when you see the luscious fruit just hanging there, ripe and ready for picking. This post is sponsored by Harry & David, and recently I was excited to learn more about Harry & David’s Royal Crest Orchard with Matt Borman, Director of Orchards, just as the  Oregold Peaches were hanging on the trees, ready for picking.

Harry & David Oregold® Peaches

I get giddy in the orchards, when the fruit is ripe, because I know what comes next. Not only does our family enjoy cobbler, peach jam, and the many peach desserts (shortcake, galette, pavlova, homemade ice cream), this time we experimented with a delicious Peach Quinoa Salad. We’ve also made salsa, chutney, bruschetta, and bean dips with Oregold Peaches.

Harry & David Oregold® Peaches

Before I share the recipe, here are some facts about Harry & David’s Oregold Peaches that I found fascinating:

-Harvesting these quality peaches goes from late July to late August, which means we’re in the prime harvesting time right now!

-There are 42 harvesters on 55 acres, solely working on peaches.

-Each peach is hand-picked once the color and size is perfect.

-Taking it a step further, here are some FUN facts about the orchard:

-Their harvest crews have to pass a color blind test so they can distinguish the right color of yellow and not green.

-Supervisors and crew leaders will call out “only the best color and size, like a melon or an egg yolk.” One crew leader who is an Oregon Duck fan says “like the yellow of the duck.” He’s not very popular with the Beaver fans. :)

-During the day, fruit is tested for sugar and maturity in the field to make sure theharvesters are picking only the ripest fruit.

-The harvesters will harvest over 400 tons of fruit before the peach season is over, which translates to around 400,000 pieces of fruit.

Harry & David Oregold® Peaches
That’s a lot of peaches. And I’m happy I live here in the Rogue Valley, because we get to eat peaches every day all day!

If we want to.

Quinoa and Oregold Peach Salad

Our family was barbecuing last week and I whipped up this simple quinoa salad. We’ve been cooking with quinoa for years. I cook it in bulk in our rice cooker and store in the fridge so we have it available for salads, eggs (our boys love to add to their scrambled eggs), and Mexican dishes. It’s a lovely grain, so subtle, yet so full of many options in how to cook with it. My friend, Ali, from Gimme Some Oven, has a great tutorial on how to cook quinoa, if you’re not familiar with it.

Quinoa and Oregold Peach Salad

Similar to this recipe, where I used currants, this time I’m using dried blueberries and fresh  Oregold Peaches.

A summer salad for entertaining can’t get any easier, fresher, and crowd-friendly. And who doesn’t love a fresh peach?

What’s your favorite way to cook with a peach, other than just eating it fresh?

Oregold Peaches Quinoa Salad from Reluctant Entertainer

   

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11 Responses to “Oregold Peach Quinoa Salad and Harry & David Orchard Tour”

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    jamie @ green beans & grapefruit — August 15, 2013 @ 5:09 am

    Looks great, Sandy. Peaches are pretty phenomenal.

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    Cassie — August 15, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    I cannot wait for my orchard tour! This salad sounds amazing. Truly, right up my alley!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 15, 2013 @ 6:23 am

    Love, love this salad. What a great way to spend the day, learning about where our fruit comes from!!

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    Heather — August 15, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    That’s SO interesting about the workers having to pass a color blindness test – I never thought about that being an issue, but it makes sense! And this salad?! ANYTHING with peaches I’m all over!

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    Kristin S — August 15, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Those peaches are beautiful! And the salad looks yummy too.

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    sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com — August 15, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    Mmmmm this looks delicious!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — August 18, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    Oh, how I love me some Oregold peaches!! This quinoa sounds amazing, Sandy. Lucky for me, I have some perfectly ripe peaches waiting for me!

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    Sandi — August 19, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    I love peaches! How fun to be able to tour Harry and David’s orchard!

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    Elen Grey — August 20, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    QUESTION

    Sandy – Should I combine everything to let the flavours marry, or hold the dressing until just before serving? I’m making this today. Thanks!

    • Sandy Coughlin replied: — August 21st, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

      Either way! It’s fabulous both ways!

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