Saturday, July 11, 2009

Unusual Uses for Peaches

We're living in the peach belt. Yay, ten miles up the road is a huge orchard with a dozens of types of peaches ripening in waves all summer long.

So besides biting into a ripe one and letting the juice run down your face, what can you do with peaches? Not content to make pies and cobbler, although they are luscious, I did a little research and experimentation.

First up: Peach Salsa. A lovely condiment to use as garnish, in Mexican food, with chips or with scrambled eggs.

My adaption of a recipe on line (a small batch):
2 peaches, peeled and diced
1 Georgia tomato, diced
1/2 Vidalia onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, pressed
red pepper
black pepper
juice from 1/2 lime
no cilantro, don't like it

Dan added (much better):
1/2 tbl. molasses
1/2 tbl. balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt
dash of basil

Stir and let ripen in the fridge. Yummy.

Next, the Italian way to eat peaches, from

Slice peaches into glass
Fill with wine
Eat peaches with tip of a knife

If you want, you can let the peaches soak in the wine for a while, with a couple of teaspoons of sugar and dash of nutmeg or cloves.

Leave it to the Italians to figure out how to add wine into a peach recipe. (I am one, you know)
My great-grandparents came from Barga, Italy, a gorgeous Tuscan town on top of a mountain.

Next, I'll be trying another Italian recipe, Marmellata di Pesche, also made with wine. Natch.

1 comment:

Qing Cai said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.