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Peaches

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Fall is definitely on the horizon once the peaches are ready for picking. And if that isn’t one of these glass half-full / half-empty kind of things! Peaches with their fuzzy skins are a delectable fruit, but fall? Oh no, that could wait a while before making its entrance. And so peaches always trigger somewhat mixed feelings in me.

While these peaches may not look as perfect or be as large as their store-bought cousins, their aroma and taste is far superior. Locally the trees are often planted between rows of grapes in the vineyards, hence their name ‘vineyard peaches’, they propagate easily, just toss a pit and a couple of years later you are ready to harvest. This is exactly how I wound up with 4 little peach trees that generate an amazing amount of fruit. Mostly we just eat them, their smaller size make them a perfect snack food, but I have also stewed them with cloves and a little cinnamon and a bit of lemon zest for a delicious treat. And these peaches are also special in another way – I never have trouble finding takers for the overflow. Once they are ripe you have to eat them quickly, and only rarely do you see them for sale in local stores. So for about 2 weeks in August we are in peach heaven, and just about when we think we cannot possibly eat another one, the season is over.