Just peachy

Good Organic Gardening|Good Organic Gardening #10.5

Just peachy
FREESTONE OR CLINGSTONE, WHITE FLESH OR YELLOW, THERE’S A PRUNUS PERSICA FOR EVERYONE
Melissa King

Fresh from the tree, stewed or made into sumptuous desserts, peaches are pure summer indulgence. The fruit originates from China and has been tantalising our tastebuds for centuries, mentioned in Chinese writings as early as the 10th century. Historically, peach blossoms were thought to fend off evil spirits and promote vitality.

Traditions aside, peach trees are a lovely addition to the modern garden, with pretty blossoms and a generous crop of fruit on a relatively compact tree. They can also be espaliered along fences or walls to accommodate small spaces.

In the kitchen, peaches and dessert are clearly made for each other but the fruit is also surprisingly good in all manner of savoury dishes. I make a wicked peach salad with prosciutto, fennel and olives, dressed with a mint, fetta and yoghurt vinaigrette.

When it comes to growing peaches, the big question seems to be white or yellow flesh. I tend to favour white-fleshed varieties, which are so sweet and delicious that juice rolls down your chin with every bite, but there are also some wonderful golden-fleshed types that can be bottled or enjoyed straight from the tree.

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