I used to have a friend down near Modesto, kind of hot and dusty but great peach country. And Smith Ranch was among the best. My friend would buy a few flats and ship one to me! Heaven. A peach that ripens on the tree and is packed with care. Don’t let supermarket peaches fool you. Don’t let their advertisement about “they continue to ripen after they are picked” fool you. Most fruit dies when it is picked and immediately begin to spoil.
Peaches are one of those fruits, and they are best when they fully ripen on the tree. If you can’t get them directly off the tree shop at your local farmers market, definitely. As they say, Dare to eat a peach…
It is almost the season for California’s famous O’Henry peaches, but I don’t bake. I like to eat them in my hand, juice running down my arm and all over my mouth!!
So it is also almost the season for beautiful Cal Reds. I learned about Cal Reds shopping with Frog Hollow Farms. They have a few California fruit stands including one at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Their farm is nearby so their products are same-day fresh. They also have baked goods so check em out on their website if you can’t get to one of their market sites.
And buy Cal Reds, O’Henry’s, as well as the juicy & sweet California white peaches.
Apples are good….but eat a peach every day!
So now that you have all of those peaches–what do you do with them?
Well check out this link with 13 great Peach recipes with beautiful photos! It will all make your mouth water for that sweet peach taste!
Things like Swizzle Stick Soup
Pork Chops with Peaches,
And, Peach Salsa
They have Peach Ice Cream (my favorite), milkshakes an d Peach Pies too!
- peach preserves (thissuburbanlife.typepad.com)
- Peach Bellinis to Crumble Bars: 15 Reasons to Buy a Pound of Peaches – Recipe Roundup (thekitchn.com)
- Peachy Keen…Hope You Enjoy! (prideinphotos.com)
- The Best Peach Tart You’ll Ever Have (joannagoddard.blogspot.com)
- Quickly Peel Peaches and Tomatoes with a Hot Water Soak Followed by an Ice Water Bath [Video] (lifehacker.com)