December 22, 2013
When was the last time you had a perfect peach?
A peach so powerful that its fragrance filled your kitchen. A peach so tender that juice was running down your cheeks with the very first bite. A peach so satisfying that the flavor lingered, long after you'd tossed the pit away.
Modern peaches are a pretty dispiriting lot. They're so hard that an entire generation thinks of peaches as a crisp and crunchy fruit. And so lacking in fragrance that the seductive perfume of a peach had become an extremely rare experience.
But real peaches still exist. The best I've found come from Frog Hollow Farm. They're seasonal, of course, you have to wait until summer. But right now you can send the promise of peaches to your favorite friends. I can't think of a better present.
Frog Hollow's peach program promises to pick each of 6 varieties as they hit the peak of their season, and pack them so carefully that they arrive in perfect condition. In my experience, they always do; each time I've opened the box the aroma has staggered me.
$300 is a lot of money for a few peaches. On the other hand, what you're really buying is a taste of the quickly vanishing past. And that, I think, is priceless.
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