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Old 09-08-2014, 08:53 PM   #41
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yeah, i know what you mean about under ripe peaches. they're picked so early they never really ripen properly.

this year has been one of those drippy arm and chin years here, even in the supermarkets. for black plums, too.

has anyone ever gone peach or plum picking (like apple picking)?
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I've never gone plum or peach picking. But, I have picked lots of peaches off the two peach trees we had in our backyard when I lived in SoCal.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:06 PM   #43
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I live in a big peach growing state and many of ours have been crap. Hard when you buy them and they go bad before they ripen. Haven't even found great ones at the farmer's market!
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My great aunt had wonderful plum trees, the deep purple kind that when you bit into them, the flesh was red. Had to stand on a ladder to get them. She also grew chokecherries.

Peaches are marginally hardy to our area, the nasty spring weather may have gotten rid of a bunch.
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to bring this back 'round to poke chops, i'm inspired to make a dish that i had in an irish restaurant many years ago. it was a pork rib chop stuffed with sauteed onions and hot vinegar peppers, browned in a pan , then baked with preserved peach halves in syrup.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:22 PM   #46
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My great aunt had wonderful plum trees, the deep purple kind that when you bit into them, the flesh was red. Had to stand on a ladder to get them. She also grew chokecherries.

Peaches are marginally hardy to our area, the nasty spring weather may have gotten rid of a bunch.
My great grandmother had plum trees that produced really small fruits, I'll never forget the flavor of the jam she would make from those, or some years syrup, she wouldn't measure anything so her results were always all over the place..
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My great grandmother had plum trees that produced really small fruits, I'll never forget the flavor of the jam she would make from those, or some years syrup, she wouldn't measure anything so her results were always all over the place..

Mmm. Plum jam, chokecherry jelly, I would happily eat either one with pork chops!
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That's great. The peaches we get are hard and crunch when you bite them. I'd love to get some ripe juicy peaches where the juice runs down your arm when you bite into it. Then I'd be tempted to eat fruit, make pies and even grill them.
If you live near an Aldi's, check there. I've gotten some great peaches (nectarines and plums too) when shopping there during the Market Basket boycott.
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We got really lucky a couple of weeks ago with peaches. My daughter and I went to a farmer's market about an hour from here, and they had some enormous ones. I only got 6 of them since I've been disappointed before. When they fully ripened, they were so sweet and juicy. Wish I'd have gotten more.

My fruit of choice with pork chops is apple something or other, but I love peaches with them, too.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:25 PM   #50
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lol, cheryl. i think everyone's been so snake bitten with their peach purchases over recent years that they're shy.

much like mangoes and strawberries, i go with my nose on peaches.

but when you hit the jackpot, sniff sniff, dig like it's the comstock lode.
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