Saturday, June 19

Green Peaches

Have you read "Green Patches" by Isaac Asimov?  A bunch of little green patches show up on test animals in the story.  And green patches are scary.

Well, this isn't exactly scary, but I have a bunch of green peaches.  And I'm not sure what to do with them.

On Thursday I went back out to thin the peach tree some more.  I found that the tree was trying to make more, new peaches.  Too much, silly tree.  Since the peaches have grown, the limbs have been weighed down again.  It certainly can't support more.  The center branch, which stood pretty much straight up, was so loaded down with growing fruit, that it had sagged all the way down into the lower branches (which were also drooping).

I knew this couldn't keep up.  But it seemed such a waste to just pluck peaches and drop them to the ground if there was nothing wrong with them.  So I got a bowl and put the ones that seemed fine in it.  I got a good bunch, but I'm probably going to have to go back out and thin the tree down further.
I washed the fruit, discarded a few that I found problems with, and now I have small, green peaches, probably somewhere in the two dozen count, sitting on my counter, waiting for...well, something.  I don't know what.

Can I salvage these peaches for something?  Will they ripen where they are?

Please tell me I don't have to learn how to can fruit.


  1. I would try putting them all in a paper bag for a couple days. I know that will help apples and avocados ripen.

  2. I second the paper bag suggestion. I also recommend that this show up in a story somewhere. :)

  3. I've got them in a bag now. Here's hopin'.

    And, actually, Hadassah, I think I'm going to have to do just that in my next novel, which I'm working on in my head. Thanks!

  4. The paper bag worked lovely. I enjoyed refrigerated peach halves with just a little sugar sprinkled on top for breakfast.

    Now, the second, and last, picking is over. The ants won the majority, but I harvested a decent bunch.
    The ants won this:
    I saved this (these are in the same bowl that I used before):