We’ve always had peach trees with the exception of a few years, when the harsh winter had her say with a fit of strong wind and heavy snow breaking limbs. The new young trees we planted raced to produce dazzling fruit a few years later. We were quickly pleased!
Flat baskets are best for any soft fruit.
This year we waited until the very last minute to pick perfectly ripe peaches, organic and sweet without the slightest spot on any. We ate several right there under the tree giggling sounds of true joy everywhere. Then we began filling the baskets with luscious, tender orbs of sunlight and an hour later, the tree was hundreds of pounds lighter and we heavy with harvest.
Blanching and freezing is our favorite method of preservation but this year, we decided to can some of the peaches, like Mom and Grandma have always done. Canning eliminates the need to use power in the preservation process (freezers need power) making it the green thing to do. The canned peaches require a light syrup, unlike the frozen, where just lemon is added, so there is give and take depending on your preferences. Smoothies and pies are not particular whatsoever.
The nutritional value of peaches boasts vitamin C, fiber, vitamin A, niacin and potassium. They are healthy for you, delicious, easy to grow, fun to pick and provide yummy enjoyment well into winter months when canned or frozen.
There’s really nothing like a peach.
And nothing like growing your own organic food. It’s something we all should do. Save your seeds for the following years crop and soon you will have a family orchard.