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Peaches anyone?

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The much awaited stone fruit season is here! The Super Rich yellow peach variety from Burkart Orchards is now on Earl’s list.  Burkart Orchards is located near Dinuba along the northern border of Tulare County about 4 hours south of San Francisco.

The Super Rich is an early sweet cling variety which means the fruit “clings” to the pit unlike a freestone peach where the fruit falls away easily from the pit.  Each week we can look forward to a wide variety of sweet and juicy yellow and white peaches and nectarines arriving at Earl’s.

Burkart peaches

Look for fruit free from bruising and wrinkles and make sure the area around the stem is not green. We are always saying it is good to build a relationship with your fruit.  Pick the peach up and smell the fruit, it should have an aromatic smell.  Ask your produce person for a taste so you know exactly what you are getting. We have all bought peaches that just don’t have that flavor you expect when you bite into it. Chances are that it was picked before it was mature.

If you don’t plan to eat all of your peaches at the same time buy only a few and experiment with eating them on different days.  Peaches do not ripen much after picking but you can leave your peaches out on the counter for 2-3 days to soften up. We recommend placing them on a cotton or linen towel so the fruit can breathe.  Peaches should yield to gentle pressure when they are ripe. At what point does the peach you bought taste perfectly sweet and ripe to you?

You can expect to see yellow nectarines and white peaches by the end of this week.  Stay tuned for updates and post your favorite summer stone fruit recipes on our Facebook wall.

Pallet of Burkart Peaches

Pallet of Burkart Peaches

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