Rob M.||Early Peach Varieties and Best Results|
Jun 12, 2012 at 11:32 am |
Peaches are here! This week we have Ruby Red variety peaches from Pee Dee Orchards in Lilesville, NC. Peach season generally starts in mid-May, but the best varieties do not come around until late June to July. However, this year we were impressed by the flavor on the early season peaches, and decided to give them an earlier start than usual. Let us know what you think of them!
Early season peaches (May to late June) are cling varieties, which means that the peach flesh sticks to to the peach pit. These varieties haven't had as much time in the sun and heat, and tend not to be as sweet as later varieties. By late June, we should see the first freestone varieties coming available, usually marked by the most popular variety of the year, the famous Winblo peach. Freestone peaches actually form their flesh around the peach pit, which means that the flesh comes completely free of the pit after eating. Freestones tend to be a little larger, and sweeter, a result of more time in the sun.
Peaches can be a tricky animal. For best flavor and ripeness, leave them on the counter until they soften up, and give a little to pressure. Once fully ripe, they should either be eaten immediately, or transferred to the refrigerator if you need them to store for another day or two. However, vine ripened peaches do not keep long, so don't try to push it too far. Even if you store them in the refrigerator, you'll get the best flavor and juice if you allow them to come to room temperature before eating. Keep a close eye on them throughout the season, and you'll start to see the early signs of deterioration and weak spots on the fruit, which will help you determine whether they need to be used or if you can keep them a little longer. Also, pay attention to the different varieties, and note your favorites for future reference. Each variety lasts for about 10-14 days, before making way to another.
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Virginia H. (Jul 20, 2012 at 10:48 am)
yummy! most delicious peaches I ever had. Than you