It’s a Peachy Time of Year

Last year John received a peach tree as an end of the year thank you from the family of one of his students. He planted it in what he calls his orchard and we’ve watched it grow, bloom and then develop fruit this year.

We were more than a little surprised at the number of peaches growing on this young tree and yesterday picked one of the peaches for a taste test. And while the fruit is much smaller than what I’ve picked in the past, the sweet fruit was definitely ripe and ready to be eaten.

 

It’s time to find some recipes. Looks like we’ll be having a peachy week.

You can’t go wrong with No Cook Easy Peach Ice Cream.

Southern Living, July 2002

Or maybe we should try refreshing Peach Mojitos.

Cooking Light, June 2008

Peach Cake is more time consuming, but sounds delicious.

Food Network

And what could be easier than Grilled Peaches with Honey Balsamic Glaze? Especially, since I’m not the one grilling.

White on Rice Couple

How do pork chops topped with a little Peach Barbeque Sauce sound? Yummy!

Southern Living, June 2012

Why not combine blueberries and peaches, two Florida fruits ready to be picked this time of year and make Blueberry and Peach Cobbler?

Sarasota Magazine, May 2014

And this modified sugar cookie recipe looks like a tasty treat: Fresh-Peach Drop Cookies

MarthaStewart.com

I even found a salsa recipe. And since watermelons are being sold on every corner, it shouldn’t be a problem to find the ingredients for Watermelon-Peach Salsa with Tomatoes.

Southern Living, July 2011

Decisions. Decisions. What to make first?

Pickin’ Again

U-pick peaches? Who knew?

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and citrus…I knew there were places around to pick these fruits, but last week I picked over ten pounds of Tropic Beauties at Lady Lake Peach.

After a brief lesson on identifying fruit ripe for picking, Lisa and I headed to our assigned row and started picking (and sampling) the juicy peaches.

We even got in on the final nectarines of the season, picking about a dozen; but according to the Lady Lake Peach Facebook page, the nectarines have all been picked.

What a fun way to spend the morning! Guess who’s looking for peach recipes?