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By Jeff Pereyda | Broker in Fremont, CA
  • Which Variety of Fremont Avocados Do You Have?

    Posted Under: General Area in Glenmoor, Schools in Glenmoor, In My Neighborhood in Glenmoor  |  April 7, 2014 12:31 PM  |  237 views  |  No comments

    I was raised having the privilege of enjoying an abundance of some of the most fragile, yet, hands down, the best avocados ever at my parent's home in Sunnyvale CA. All that is gone now, and I have been searching for that rich tasting, thin-skinned avocado I grew up with ever since. However, the avocados I uncovered time and again during my search were never the variety we think is called the Zutano or Fuerte Avocado. Sadly, I was never sure of the variety because my parents weren't sure either. It seemed hopeless, and that those tasteful memories would never return. 


    Both my parents, especially my dad being from Mexico, loved avocados, so it explains why we had two giant avocado trees.


    Just recently, I had amazing upturn of events. My long search is now over. Spread the news--Huzzah! I have found it at last.


    So how did I come to find the avocado? Let me share. I drive through Glenmoor in Fremont almost daily as a regular during school days because my kids attend Glenmoor, and because my wife teaches there. Moreover, as a Fremont real estate agent,  I always look at homes selling in Glenmoor (Centerville), Irvington, and other popular Fremont real estate areas as I drive to and from my Fremont real estate agent office at Coldwell Banker http://www.Tricityhome.com, while passing through Glenmoor, I noticed an avocado tree owner carefully pruning and even covering his tree at different times of the year. A noble grower. A couple of years went by, then suddenly, out of the blue, he was chopping the tree down with no sign of turning back--cutting it right down to the stump. With my mouth agape, I turned to my son in the car and said, "We have to get to the bottom of this. Stay close to me because I am going in." I turned the car around and rolled to a stop next to the gruesome scene. As I approached the owner, I noticed what appeared to be a single fallen fruit on the well manicured lawn. He was a nice man, but why he had cut the tree down did not make sense to me.


    After a few pleasantries and pointed questions from my part, he began to tell the story. He did not know the name of the variety either.  He felt that the avocados started roots in the fruit while they were still on the tree and that the sprouting made it non palatable for him. That sounded familiar. And, top that off with hard work avocado trees need from everyone who owns one, and you get a frustrated avocado grower. If only I had known what was going on in his mind a few months ago and if I knew this in fact was the correct variety, I would have easily negotiated removal of the tree and paid a tree removal service to replant the tree at my house. Or, at least share the tips and tricks of this temperamental variety and explain how to get it just right.


    I lowered my head to see if I could glean something from the wreckage. There it was, an abused, omitted avocado, unencouraged and lying there. It looked beyond saving. It was evident that even the birds had a go at it and left it for not. I told my son to take it and handle it carefully, not knowing this was the prized fruit of my youth. But, just in case, I wanted to save it from the all to certain destination of the green waste garbage bin. My son clutched it carefully with his small but certain hands and we both headed home in the car. I began telling the stories of the best avocados ever to my singular captive audience all they way home.


    Perhaps a week went by as  a few oranges and garlic bulbs in a big blue bowl willingly squeezed aside to make room for the bruised and battered avocado welcoming it to a new home. Over time, nature had its way and the hardness of the avocado eased up and lent itself to becoming softer. Even the skin changed its look from having shiny and stretched looking pock marks changing to ever so slightly wrinkled and almost dry in appearance. I often caught myself engaging in long stares onto its skin while carefully clutching the slowly changing green orb. That last noticeable change was all too familiar. I performed the thumb test. It was ready to eat. Words, at least mine, cannot convey the delight I felt. Even though I second guessed myself a few times, my wife was right there to concur that this was in fact the right variety of avocado we all coveted. Call it what you will, but we will name the variety as one Zutano/Fuerte Avocado. I almost started story telling to my long-suffering wife who has heard over and over, "I miss mom and dad's avocados... Remember the time when I had to climb the tree..."


    It takes years for a young avocado tree to bear fruit. Heaven knows I have tried--only to discover that it was the wrong variety of avocado. As the bearer of the fine fruit must almost always wait for the avocado to become ready to eat, patience is what all avocado lovers must endure. There is nothing really fast about an avocado tree accept during its mature stages. Then you soon realize that they never stop growing, and their speed of growth increases significantly.


    But alas, my parent's prize avocado trees and now the nurtured Glenmoor tree were gone, never to blossom again. I may have found the avocado, but my hope of ever learning the right variety were dashed. Or, wait a minute... Perhaps not. I now have one undeniable seed of hope, the seed itself.


    Wish me luck!


    by Jeff Pereyda

  • Red-Tailed Hawks in Fremont California Skies

    Posted Under: General Area in Fremont, In My Neighborhood in Fremont  |  July 17, 2012 1:26 PM  |  1,707 views  |  No comments

    The red-tailed hawk is found all through the United States, Canada, Mexico and even in Central America.  Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have had the pleasure of living in what has to be one of the red-tailed hawk's favorite places to live and raise their young, Fremont, CA.

    Fremont's terrain encompasses wetlands that begin at the sloughs like Newark Slough, Plummer Slough, Mowry Slough and Mud Slough, then gradually lifts to become landscape for creeks like Alameda, Morrison, Vargas and Mission and approximately 7 others to the south. It is a great environment for mice, gophers, snakes, rabbits and many other types of prey.

    If you have ever heard a distinct screech in the sky in early July, you may be the hearing young red-tailed hawks having a go at producing the bona fide sound that only the older or adult  red-tails can do. (YouTube short clip above--thanks to timsueoc~Tucka, the red-tailed hawk screaming over his quail dinner. 

    As a Fremont real estate agent, http://www.tricityhome.com/ I usually comment and write posts about what is happening on land. I am not an expert on birds, nor is this an exhaustive read on the red-tailed hawk to be sure, but it may shed light on what is happening in our Fremont skies this time of year.

    Growing up, I have always had a fascination for birds of prey. That has not changed, and you can always count on me pointing out hawks, harriers and the like to anyone near me at their time of discovery.

    My wife and kids may think I focus a bit much on them, but to me, seeing a raptor perched or in flight is truly amazing.  

    By the way, if you were wondering where most "eagle" sound bites come from, like Stephen Colbert's Colbert Nation. (the intro with the bald eagle flying in), those are red-tailed hawk screeches, not an eagle's. As big as they are, golden and bald eagles more or less chirp, albeit a very loud chirp, they chirp none the less.

    Here is the red-tailed hawk NatGeo link for a bit more. Still more on birds Audobon.
    birds of prey, Fremont, fremont real estate agent, red-tailed hawk, screech, Sloughs,

  • Fremont CA Real Estate Broker Put On The Spot

    Posted Under: General Area in Fremont, Market Conditions in Fremont  |  September 28, 2010 12:08 PM  |  480 views  |  1 comment

    The NUMMI Plant here in Fremont has been providing jobs building cars and trucks up until 2010 when it had been decided that after kicking the tires a bit it was time to finally slam the doors shut. No pun intended. The mayor of Fremont, Bob Wasserman, wants Fremont to be a model city in how it chooses to revitalize and reuse the site once shut down. It is part of what is amicably called NUMMI Revitalization and Reuse Plan.

    KTVU news in March 2010 had completed a story on the topic that you can view here http://www.ktvu.com/news/22973164/detail.html. 

    Fremont has hired a study group out of Berkeley called Strategic Economics Inc. to assess the positive impact and other effects revitalization may have on the incisive city of Fremont.

    I had received a call into my office TriCity Real Estate Brokers http://www.tricityhome.com from one of the Strategic staff. The Strategic employee was hoping to gain information on what effects the revitalization may have on the housing market in and around Fremont. We set up a telephone interview on September 24th to go over the survey questions. The survey was mainly focused on the the housing impact in and around the Warm Springs area, but also encompassed different areas of Fremont and its surrounding cities.  

    I have been interviewed several times about housing and the real estate market over the last couple of years, and I usually can give clear, concise answers to the questions. However, once in a while there is that string of information during the interview where I sometimes wonder if I am really helping or if the interviewer is thinking about how to get me back on topic. 

    In regards to a question intended to gain my opinion on the effect on the housing prices in Warm Springs East of Mission Blvd. (So, Jeff, if BART should build a "multi use" facility around the intended BART station extension, what effect would it have on the housing prices in Warm Springs East of Mission Blvd.)?--I paused. First, Mission Blvd is a long road that covers several different micro markets in real estate. I think she meant down where Mission bends back towards 880 by East Warren, but at that point the homes on the east are really south east. That's when there was that awkward pause on my behalf. Then I started to talk about true east versus south east, then I started yapping about Weibel versus Mission San Jose--Oi! Get back on topic Jeff. 

    After the interview, and many other questions that were answered in a more succinct fashion, she had mentioned how helpful my input was and that the interview went really smooth. I could only say the next thing that came into mind at that point. The stereotypical reply of, "hope that helps." Argh! Why couldn't I just say, "you're welcome. If you have further questions, please feel free to give me a call."

  • San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Has Something No Other Place On Earth Has

    Posted Under: General Area in San Francisco  |  April 2, 2010 2:19 PM  |  526 views  |  No comments
    Hot Cross Buns from scratch w/ White Fondant glaze
    Besides boasting the Golden Gate Bridge and a few other San Francisco Bay Area things, (cable car, etc.), I recently read that San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate http://www.tricityhome.com has had something unique to the rest of the world and has now for hundreds maybe thousands of years. San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate has nurtured an environment that produces Lactobacillus Sanfranciscensis, a world famous wild bacteria. Lactobacillus Sanfranciscensis is used to create San Francisco sourdough starter. It builds the foundation for dough in many baking recipes--most of all San Francisco sourdough bread. Actually, the bacteria has been shipped to bakeries all over the world for quite some time, so it is not unique entirely, but it is nice to know that it lives its naturally existing microbial life right here in my back yard, literally.

    For a wiki read simply go here-- http://www.search.com/reference/Lactobacillus_sanfranciscensis

    I also read that "starter" (in this case using a wild yeast) can be used in many other forms of breads. Italian Panettone, German Stollen, Greek Christmas or Easter Bread and of course, Hot Cross Buns, of which this latter bread inspired this post and its image above. Naturally, these a fore mentioned national breads have their unique starters, but I happen to be biased a bit towards our very own San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate sourdough starter. Apparently, it does the same job as regular bread yeast with a twist— Lactobacillus Sanfranciscensis, while eating away at the flour, harbors a safe environment for other bacteria to grow together with it, giving it the one-of-a-kind label it deserves.

    Why mention it now? Once in a while I bake--sort of a downtime therapy that has its benefits. Spring has sprung, Easter is here and for my birthday I recently received, Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day, a practical book that takes Reinhart's world-renowned expertise and politely inclines it to our kitchens here at home. Aside from the Baker's Percentage Formulas in the back of the book, it's very straight forward. Intrigued by some of the recipes, I knew I had to try the San Francisco sourdough "seed culture" and work my way to sourdough "starter" pages 38-43 (a bit involved). Carefully following the directions, I mixed the San Francisco sourdough ingredients in front of my open window, just to be sure the bacteria flew in the mix. Slowly but surely, over the time span of about a week and a half, it worked. I thought I would share the interesting fact that San Francisco sourdough yeast lives here in our San Francisco Bay Area. This Easter, my family will get to enjoy genuine Hot Cross Buns from scratch with white fondant glaze.

    Some day I may move from the San Francisco sourdough capital of the world, but even if and when I do, I will have to sneak some "culture" with me. The fact that I was born in San Francisco will always be a bit special to me, and taking a small piece of it with me wherever I end up will certainly be necessary, even if the piece of San Francisco is only microscopic at best.
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