Friday, 12 August 2011

peaches [nothing quite like them]

There is nothing quite like a freshly picked Ontario peach.

You think the fruit can't get any more beautiful, with its fuzzy gorgeous skin - that is until you slice into it.  The colour on the inside of a peach is so gorgeous, you stop for just a moment before popping the slice into your mouth.

There are numerous varieties of peaches, and right now in Ontario we are enjoying many of the semi-freestone varieties. The ones I brought home from the market last week are Garnet Beauty.  They are delicious.  I am also a huge fan of White Lady peaches, a variety of white peaches. I discovered these last summer working with Bizjak Farms at the markets.  One of the many joys of working at Farmers Markets during the last months of summer is the sheer joy the site peaches bring children and adults alike. Children can hardly contain themselves at the site of peaches (even less so than with strawberries in June).

I don't know what it is about peaches, but this fruit seems to trump all else.

Late Wednesday night Daniel and I finally got around to turning our fresh peaches into jam.  I couldn't think of a better way to spend a late night during the middle of the week. We can now enjoy peach jam all year (or, until it runs out / we give it away!).  The good news, peaches are in season until the end of September, so we can make enough jam to last us all winter (and with extra to give away).

our finished jam

enjoying our jam at breakfast the next morning

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