forget harry & david. these holiday gift boxes have way more character.
It tends to be a gift out of goodwill, which says, \"I\'m thinking of you, but I don\'t have time to do anything more personal.
In billion-dollar mail-order-
The food industry, companies like Harry and David, the Swiss Colonies and the Hickory farm, often help out on the occasion of the shopping day, offering baskets and boxes full of wax --
Apple and orange, shrink
Summer Sausages and tubes packed with mini
A few cans of condiments, all of which can be ordered online in the middle of the night in panic, as you realize you forgot to send something to that favorite aunt.
In a convenient society, Mail
A la Carte offers an opportunity to send a gift that is both practical and extravagant to treat loved ones with special food that they may not get.
This may be something that provides a special taste memory from the past (
Perhaps a lobster roll from Maine to remind people of their favorite family holidays)
Or offer a new taste experience (
The beer jelly of the beer nerd on your list).
Just over a century ago, a child would be happy to find an orange and a shiny new penny in his socks on Christmas morning;
At that time, oranges were an exotic tropical fruit, tasting unknown adventures in the distant sun, an incredible enjoyment.
No matter how common this citrus seems to us, any Florida person will still feel poetic about tangaloos, a special breed found only in the local Grove, just like a New Yorker can determine the specific source of bagels after taking a bite.
We are more and more eager to support mom-and-
When we look within miles for connections with people who are familiar with the food in the box, popular businesses.
Insert any search engine and you can find basmati rice, blueberry pie and olive oil grown, prepared or processed through some family businesses.
As we become more and more interested in knowing the story of the food on the plate, it may be more than simply clicking the mouse to send a food gift.
The person packing the box can tell you how the rain affects the harvest, or if someone has to carefully leave a bear that sleeps in the Hackberry patch.
There is not only food in that box.
This is a story to unfold. Dig in.
Sample of the box: Arkansas rice warehouse: it turns out that nearly half of the rice grown in the United States comes from Arkansas, and since 1982 local growers have been donating crops to the non-profit Arkansas rice warehouse, to help the local hunger relief work. Ninety-
Gift shop coordinator Rebecca Davis said that 8% of warehouse packaging rice sales revenue supports items such as children\'s food: \"ARD gave a backpack full of dinner food, if parents can\'t send lunch money, even lunch at school on weekends.
\"The volunteers packed the popular signature rice grain Gift Box: there is a wild pig package designed for Razorbacks fans, or you can miss the 1990-year-old with president palmasan rice, according to Bill Clinton\'s recipe.
Gift boxes start at $25. ricedepot.
Org Harvey\'s groves: Florida has a lot of orange groves, but Harvey has three generations in the landscape of Central Florida, dating back to 1926 when Jim Harvey was great
Auntie started selling freshly squeezed orange juice at a roadside stall on the Indian River in Brevard County for 5 cents a cup.
Now, Harvey sells about 50,000 gallons a year locally, and sends thousands of gift boxes full of citrus.
The hybrid of grapefruit and orange --
Florida flame grapefruit.
Orange Butter and grapefruit
Cherry jam provides a changed rhythm for your breakfast toast and popular chocolate
The dip coconut pie produced by a local candy maker is fresh: Owner Jim Harvey said, \"Vinny will do it one day and I will buy it the next day and they go straight into the box.
Gift boxes start at $27. 95. www. harveysgroves.
Com Robert here: if there is no tropical holiday this winter, you can explore the world through tropical fruits.
Robert\'s here, an iconic fruit stand in South Florida, since then-6-year-
Old Robert Moilin began selling his farm produce on the roadside in 1959, planting and managing a variety of local seasonal produce, including six mangoes.
If you are at home, you will want to go to Robert\'s popular milkshake, made with fresh tropical fruit;
Secondly, you can impress your friends by sending delicacies such as Florida avocado, pitaya, sapote and slightly quirky jackfruit.
On that day, they only send out the mature stuff, so it\'s always an adventure to order from Robert. Prices vary. robertishere.
Com subbarashii Kudamono: you don\'t have to go on a trip
Find the perfect Asian pear in the Atlantic Ocean
The Spera family began to transform the Lehai Valley in Pennsylvania into the pear Valley. adise (sorry! )
The fruit was found after a trip to Japan in 1973.
In the past 30 years, the company of Spila, supalashi
In Japanese, it means \"wonderful fruit\"
Established orchards where they grow classic varieties of Asian pears and their own varieties, including Susan and lilisang, named after the children of the family.
Each pear is picked by hand and checked before being packed and transported separately;
Holly Hart, marketing director, said: \"I call them our Faber hot eggs.
This is a complete experience when you open the box.
Gift boxes start at $29. 95. www. wonderfulfruit.
Hill Country olive, Texas
: Planted their first olive tree on 15 acres of land in drip Springs, Texas, less than five years later, the Gambini family is awarding awards --
Get organic olive oil, including Sora Stella, who won gold in the New York and Los Angeles International competitions this year.
Carla Gambini said her father, John Gambini, first dreamed of opening a vineyard to reflect the Italian tradition of the family of Lone Star State.
But there are already 160 wineries, so he was interested when he heard that some Texas farmers started planting olive trees.
\"We think it would be more interesting to be a pioneer in a new industry,\" she said . \".
\"It has been a labor of love since then.
The price of olive oil ranges from $18 to $33.
Com. Huckleberry Patch: you can\'t miss the Huckleberry if you are eager to taste the taste of the wild, it has never been successfully cultivated, so it has to be collected in the wild --
Right next to the local Grizzlies, they love it too.
Don\'t compare them to wild blueberries if you want to avoid arguments, and frankly, they do taste different.
A hungry horse in Monte.
Just nine miles from Glacier National Park, the Hackberry patch has been the headquarters of everything in hackberry since 1949, the most famous is Erna Fortin\'s Huckabee, which exudes a sweet, slightly sour blueberry, generously wrapped in a beautiful pie skin.
The pie is $25, and there are many other types of cranberries.
Hartke is a company in Washington.
Food writer and editor.