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peaches that never seem to ripen properly

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MarkG Aug 19, 2011 11:05 PM

they stay hard as rocks. or go from hard to mush. are there secrets to ripening peaches properly, successfully

  1. Tripeler Aug 20, 2011 03:35 AM

    Fruit like this, unfortunately, has been picked way too early and will never ripen properly.
    The next time you buy fruit, make sure it has plenty of aroma.
    Hope this helps.

    1. tazia Aug 20, 2011 09:47 AM

      Stone fruits don't develop additional sugars off the tree, sadly. They will just soften. It's quite the bummer because there's a peach tree behind my townhouse and the fruits never get far past green.

      There are some recipes out there that utilize unripe peaches, in the case that you find yourself with duds: http://norecipes.com/blog/2008/05/24/...

      I'm sure there are more if you do some Google digging.

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        lcool Aug 20, 2011 10:31 AM

        they were picked way to early

        When choosing or picking look for more than aroma and colour.

        As a grower of stone fruits we don't wait until they are ripe and soft,just ripe.There is only a 3 or 4 day window for peaches and nectarines,perhaps a bit more with very gentle hands and a great cooler.

        One of the things to check is the "flower line",the ridge that is pole to pole on apricots,peaches and nectarines.It should be a bit forgiving and firm to a gentle push with your thumb.If it is hard the fruit won't ever come around or ripen.

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