Wawona Frozen Foods offers fresh frozen strawberries that are plump, juicy and flavorful. Wawona whole strawberries are hand-picked at ripened maturity to ensure a bright color and tender texture of the finest quality of fruit available. The fruit is quickly delivered to the Watsonville, Calif., processing facility, located in the heart of the state’s premier strawberry growing area. Wawona has worked with many of the same growers for years, sourcing the highest quality, sustainably-grown fruit.
Whether conventional or organic, Wawona offers a number of varieties of fresh frozen strawberries – all delivered with box-to-box consistent quality. The IQF process preserves the freshness, quality and flavor. Wawona supplies its foodservice and industrial clients with turnkey frozen fruit solutions as the size of whole strawberries can be separated as small, medium or large – matching the precise needs of its customers.
Wawona Frozen Foods is the oldest, largest and most prestigious family-owned company in the frozen peach industry. From orchards throughout California, including 600 acres of company-owned trees in Clovis, peaches are carefully hand-picked at harvest and transferred to the processing facility. After washing, sizing, pitting, peeling and frequent inspections, the golden peach halves move on conveyor belts by professional graders who separate the fruit into Wawona’s four product lines:
Whether conventional or organic, Wawona grows and processes the finest varieties of pears and have year-round availability in many different styles and packs to meet the product needs of customers. Chefs have long valued pears in salads and desserts. Restaurants are recognizing their versatility and menuing pears as a healthy ingredient in appetizers, entrees and even pizza. In addition to foodservice, Wawona’s industrial clients use pears in pies, cakes, jams, chutneys, yogurt and much more. Wawona’s frozen pears are fresher than fresh – sweet, juicy and always delicious.
Pack Sizes: Case, Barrier, Pail & Drum
Styles: Available in Halves, Diced & Purée
Wawona carefully crafts its plum purée to retain a purity in color, flavor and nutritional value. The purée adds a sweet fruity taste to beverages, baked goods and desserts. Chefs have prized plum purée in sauces, marinades and dressings. Industrial uses of Wawona’s plum purée include fruit bars and snacks, confections, baby food, jelly and jam.
Restaurants are recognizing their versatility and menu pineapples as a healthy ingredient. Chunks of pineapple are used in desserts such as fruit salad or pineapple upside down cake and some savory dishes including pizza toppings, or as a grilled ring on a hamburger. The juice of the pineapple is served as a beverage and is the main ingredient in cocktails such as the piña colada and in the new cult drink tepache. In addition to foodservice, Wawona’s industrial clients use pineapples in yogurt, jam, sweets, and ice cream. Wawona’s frozen pineapples are fresher than fresh – sweet, juicy, and always delicious.
Restaurants’ operators continue to find new menu uses for mangos. Traditionally paired with shrimp and chicken, it’s also very popular in sauces. Extremely versatile, mango recipes range from sweet and fresh to savory and spicy. Mangos shine all day, from breakfast – with pancakes – to numerous dinner entrees such as barbecue, curry or salsa dishes, as well as desserts in cakes and mousse. This juicy fruit freshens up salads and even sushi. For chefs, the labor savings from using Wawona’s fresh frozen mangos ensures everything in the back-of-the-house runs smoother.
The flavor and health benefits of blueberries make it a favorite of restaurant operators. They are a key ingredient in pancakes and breakfast cereals, in baked goods, such as muffins, as well in sauces and glazes for entrees. As a leader in fresh frozen fruits, Wawona’s blueberries are of the finest quality, undergoing the individually quick frozen process to seal in the flavor, nutrients, and natural goodness. Wawona is proud to be the premium supplier of blueberries which provide numerous health benefits against heart disease and cancer.
Wawona has several unique blends of mixed fruit – from traditional 3- and 4-Berry Blends to a kaleidoscope of colors and flavors in the Spectrum Blend (Peaches, Strawberries, White Peaches, Honeydew Melon, Blueberries and Pineapple). Each of Wawona’s mixed fruit options are filled with fresh fruit that is individually quick frozen to preserve the juicy flavors. Most are California-grown fruits except for the pears, which are from Washington, and the pineapples and mangos are imported. All the imported fruit is meticulously sourced to ensure it has the same quality and safety levels as domestic fruit.
For the more than 55 years, Wawona Frozen Foods has served all segments of the food industry supplying the highest quality fruit. Wawona’s wide variety of fruits include more than the flagship peaches – strawberries, pears, plums, and a number of mixed fruits are also available. The fresh frozen fruit is available year-round and delivered with box-to-box consistency.
As a family-owned company, Wawona operates with the highest integrity, building a top reputation as a quality grower and processor. It all starts with harvesting premium fruit, grown in ideal growing conditions under sunny California skies. The cool nights help to seal in the fruit’s acids and flavors, which then ripen during the hot long summer days. After harvest, Wawona’s state-of-the-art processing methods and experienced staff ensure they capture the natural essence of the fruit under strict quality control and food safety procedures. In addition, all three processing facilities have been upgraded with more efficient, cost-saving technologies – from the initial sorting to the latest innovative packaging.