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It’s the distinctive fragrance of warm summer afternoons that gets to me. Never buy a peach that is cold, hard, and scentless. Yellow or white, no good ever comes of it. Peaches should have just a little give and a heady floral aroma that portends a scrumptious, rich mouthful of flavor. Snack on them, turn them into sorbet, pie, even pickles. Slice and freeze to add to a smoothie. Roast or grill, and pair with herbs like Thai basil, mint, or lemon verbena, then drizzle on thick, reduced Balsamic vinegar. Summer begins now.
Shopping tip: Never buy a peach that is scentless and hard. It should have a little give and a floral aroma.
By caron Golden, an expert on local markets and farms.
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