Saturday, September 4, 2021

Gorging on tree-ripened peaches today

About twenty-five years ago a woman in Idaho sent me a double-handful of peach-pits.

The pits were from an older variety named "Madison" that is notable for being too tender to ship and relatively cold-hardy.

In time the double-handful of peach pits became a row of seedlings. Then, year-by-year Mother Nature and I culled those trees.

We are down to our last two trees. That is excellent longevity for peach trees around here even moreso due to the near total lack of care I gave them.

I noticed the fruit coloring up while puttering around the fall vegetable garden.

I took a peach into Mrs ERJ and she had it for breakfast. She pronounced it fit for human consumption. They are dead-ripe and will not last long.

I do believe that since I am down to two trees I probably ought to plant these pits for the next generation.


  1. Nice. I guess we're spoiled down here, having South Carolina Peaches. But you have to beware. Some places advertise 'Southern' Peaches. Heck, they could come from Georgia...or Southern California. Must make sure they are genuine SC peaches.

    I've got a half dozen 'Southern' Peaches I bought at the supermarket and although large, they aren't nearly as good.

  2. There is nothing as taste satisfying as a good tree ripened peach.

  3. I would love to have some peach trees, but unfortunately our weather is not compatible. I tried three or four varieties with no success. --ken

  4. Freestones, and they make a GREAT homemade peach ice cream!!!

  5. Eat a peach.

  6. 25 years is a long time for a peach, they are short-lived. My mother's peach tree only made it to 14. Impressive!


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