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the annual frustrating search for a good peach

  • m

so many mushy ones. cardboard-like ones. tart ones. duds that never come close to ripening. CANT THE PEACH INDUSTRY DO SOMETHING??!!

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  1. Ahh, the never ending search for the perfect peach. I've decided that all you can do is go where the good peaches are, when it is the season. Good peaches do not travel well unfortunately.

    I keep trying them and hoping for that wonderful perfect peach that reminds you life is good and the world is an ok place after all. If it happens once every couple of years, i consider myself lucky.

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    1. re: moh

      Near Spokane, Washington there's a farm area called Greenbluff. They have U-Pick strawberries, cherries, peaches and apples every year. My parents live there and I usually schedule a visit to go out and pick a couple boxes of Red Havens or Daroga Reds. Unbelievably good... Sadly they ripened early this year and were completely gone by mid-August and I totally missed out. Sniff :(

    2. I have given up on supermarket peaches, and now buy them only at certified farmer's markets. I've found three or four vendors who consistently have good fruit, and I'll patronize them every time.

      1. I've given up on buying peaches because the duds far outnumber the good ones. At least with lots of other fruits, even if they aren't the best, they aren't totally inedible. With peaches, they're mealy, mushy, or flavorless. Even if I am in an area with good peaches, I still have bad luck because I open the peach up and it's filled with critters. Sigh.

        1. I have fallen into this trap 3 x this summer and only once had a good peach. Giving up it is not worth the money. They are flavourless, mushy, floury. They look good and that's it.

          1. Strange as it may sound, the best peaches that we buy (that aren't from Wickham's on LI) are from Costco. We have had some unbelievably fabulous peaches from there. One year, I was making peach crisp for a BBQ, and I did n't even have to add sugar. In general, we find the produce at Costco to be superior to the average garden variety supermarket produce. Nothing beats a tree-ripened peach purchased at the farm, but this is a darn close second.

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            1. re: roxlet

              I've been buying peaches at Costco the few weeks too. OUr peach season is early in Arizona, I did pick some this year and they were the best I'd had in years but they're done now. The ones at Costco are sweet and juicy, not like fresh of the trees though.