Heirloom is a big buzz word in the tomato world. Everyone clamors for the taste of an heirloom tomato. But let’s not forget heirloom varieites amongst other prouce, such as peaches. I purchased some heirloom peaches, called strawberry red this past week. I got them at Busch’s in Saline, Michigan in 2011 and Randazzo’s in Westland in 2013. They were grown at Kingsburg Orchards, located in California’s Central Valley region. Kingsburg is known for their Dinosaur pluots.
My Experience with this Peach in 2011 (Rating Scale 1-10)
Peach Flavor: 8
My Experience with this Peach in 2013 (Rating Scale 1-10)
Peach Flavor: 7
Overall Feeling: The ones I had were definitely clinging to their stone. In fact it was nearly like a mango. However I didn’t let that get in my way of a great tasting peach. It was higher on the acidic scale than the sweet one, which is good for someone who likes their peaches to have a little bite to them, like my wife. The inside of the peach has little of flecks of red around the edge, probably why they are called strawberry red peaches. The texture of the peach can be a bit spongy if you overipe or being in cold storage too long. The ones I had in 2013 were of poor quality. A lot of them got mold on them before I ripening. I am guessing these have been in storage too long.
Where is the best place to buy a good peach? Click here to read my article on shopping for peaches.