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Do the ‘crunch’ with granola from Napa-based Local Eden

Beyond maple and peanut butter, you’ll find oats, almonds, pecans, pistachios, wild blueberries and cherries, with pumpkin, chia and sesame seeds.
Beyond maple and peanut butter, you’ll find oats, almonds, pecans, pistachios, wild blueberries and cherries, with pumpkin, chia and sesame seeds. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Deborah Wasserman of Napa has mastered the art of granola-making. As evidence, consider her Local Eden-brand organic peanut butter-maple flavor, which took her nearly three years to develop.

Sure, it has pleasantly subtle maple syrup and peanut butter flavors in the background, but for us the real point is the chewy, crunchy mouthfeel of the other ingredients – oats, almonds, pecans, pistachios, wild blueberries and cherries, with pumpkin, chia and sesame seeds.

Wasserman also makes a second flavor – cashew-almond-apricot – both of them in small batches in her home kitchen and “sometimes in a commercial kitchen,” she said. “I’m thinking about a third flavor, maybe peach-coconut-ginger. I want everything to be as close to perfect as possible, and I want it to be nutritious.”

We found it at Hudson Greens & Goods in the Oxbow Public Market in Napa, and at the nearby Oakville Grocery in Oakville. In early April, the granolas will be in Market Hall in San Francisco, the fourth store (opening soon) in the national chain. Or order them online. As for pricing: $14 for 12 ounces, $12 for 10 ounces, $10 for 8 ounces.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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