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20 May 2007


Yes. Yes. YES!!!!!

Wonderful review. Thanks for writing this, Tana. xx

i was very fortunate as a kid in the central valley back in the 1950's to live in what was then a thriving peach growing area. i have peach experiences that most people will never have.....and i have yet to find a peach at the farmers market that meets my criteria. it is just not possible to pick the perfect peach and transport it the necessary miles....even the farmers market growers pick too early. it is a disappointment to me but its the reality of the fruit. admittedly, the peaches there are better than to be found in a store; however, for a true peach experience, one must return to the source. and so i do: each july/august i get peaches from my mother's lone remaining tree. and each year i am rewarded with the that exquisite taste flashback to when a peach was really a peach.

Have you read any of the books by David Mas Masumoto? If not, I'd love to direct you to Epitaph for a Peach. http://www.masumoto.com/

This book caught my eye in the book store, along with "Farmer John's Cookbook." Both of them look worthwhile, but a lot of people have been recommending "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. Decisions, decisions!

Does the pie cherry question interest anybody else? I can't buy them fresh in Oregon, or in much of any form. As a kid in Illinois, I saw them everywhere. Sweet ones are OK, but just OK. I learned from this book review on NPR where they went: growing shifted from hot humid New York to hot dry north central Oregon. Sweets grow better in Oregon, so from half and half sweet to pie cherries, it shifted till almost all red cherries grown are Bings. It is worth the price of the book to get that mystery answered. If I want these cherries I will have to grow them myself.

please read about the peach. It is

now in book form ;by russ parsons

I have to agree with the idea of keeping the fruit fresher longer by harvesting it a bit earlier. There is nothing like going to the market and picking over peaches that are soft and bruised. Disappointing.

Very informative. Thanks for writing this.

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