Any greengrocery experts out there?

  Forum Editor 09:09 01 Aug 09

It's trivial, and inconsequential I know, but why can I no longer buy large peaches?

I'm talking about those big yellow things that I used to look forward to every summer; I haven't seen any in the supermarkets for a few years - all the peaches I see are smaller and less appealing.

Please don't tell me it's an EU thing.

  Quickbeam 09:21 01 Aug 09

I always find a smaller fruit to be sweeter and with a more intense flavour.

  Quickbeam 09:38 01 Aug 09

click here Not at all relevant, but I love the line 'peaches come from a can, they were put there by a man in a factory downtown...':)

  Forum Editor 09:39 01 Aug 09

I don't share that view. I've eaten Spanish and French peaches the size of tennis balls that beat anything in our supermarkets for flavour. In California I've had peaches that are pure heaven, and very large.

I'm not saying that small peaches can't be tasty, but I doubt it's the reason for the apparent disappearance of the large ones.

  Quickbeam 09:52 01 Aug 09

Could be to do with storage click here in the countries you mentioned, they were probably picked within 48 hours of being eaten.

The link seems like a very thorough report on peach storage, but thoroughly boring after a couple of minutes reading unless you deal into peach importing!

  laurie53 09:52 01 Aug 09

I think you'll find it's the usual supermarket requirements thing.

Fruit (and much else) has to be a standard size, shape and colour (but not flavour!) to comply with what they tell us is "consumer demand" but in reality simply aids their handling and management.

Speaking personally I only ever buy the white fleshed peaches and nectarines now, as they do still retain a bit of their original flavour.

  Forum Editor 10:00 01 Aug 09

Thanks for that link. From what I read it seems that storage does play a part - large peaches may not far so well in certain storage conditions.

  sunnystaines 11:37 01 Aug 09

large peach's still around try your markets. This year spanish blush apricots are very sweet as are Italian nectarines. Large peach's had some last week were not too sweet.

if your talking about the pale flesh peaches not seen them yet.

  wee eddie 11:47 01 Aug 09

no longer in the Supermarkets.

Too easily bruised and too short a Shelf-life.

Most People seem to think that it is too much to pay for one fruit per person.

Waitrose may stock them for a short period, also Fortnums and Harrods. Otherwise, a Specialist Fruiterer should be able to help

  spuds 12:26 01 Aug 09

Perhaps leave the supermarkets to their own thing, and try the local outdoor market or corner shop, might resolve the problem.

We have in our location a fairly large old established 'outdoor' market. Yesterdays visit brought many surprises and experiences, something that the local supermarkets are presently not offering. Large peaches in abundance.

The attached enclosed fish and meat market, also stocks all forms of exotics!.

  Stuartli 12:39 01 Aug 09

Further to your reference to California, this may be of interest:

click here

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