July 26, 2004
Sunday, July 25
It is one of great joys of early summer to admire the abundant fresh fruits piled up and filling up a large corner of the produce section of the store. Several weeks back, there were huge piles of baskets of berries and cherries, which are now taken over by a variety of peaches, nectarine, and plums. I love them all, and I wish I could buy the whole fresh fruit section for myself to flatter the senses with their colorful beauty, sweet fragrance, and of course, juicy flesh.
When I went to one of supermarkets in my neighborhood last week, something attracted my attention; it was a huge pile of yellow peachy-looking fruits. I granced at the tag and it read mango peach. I had never seen them or heard of such a thing, but they sure had the color of bright yellow mango. As I was in a hurry that time, I didn't buy any of those.
And back in the same store a couple of days ago, I realized that I had gotten it all wrong; they were mango nectarine, NOT peach.
(Now I feel bad if someone have stumbled across this site and browsed the first couple of paragraphs without bothering to read all the way down to here, and got the same wrong "mango peach" idea like I had done...)
Either way, I like nectarine too, and I had never seen or heard of mango nectarine anyways, this time I got a few of them, along with a couple kinds of peaches.
Mango nectarines were relatively small compared to regular nectarine, and had flesh as bright yellow as their tender skin. Although reminding a bit of apricot, they tasted basically the same as regular nectarine. (*Place the mouse pointer over the pic to see the image of the fruit cut in the halves!)
Another first-time experience for me this time was doughnut peach. Yes, they were peaches, NOT nectarine. Apparently, they must have been named after how they look like... doughnuts, which I don't disagree. It was in a Boulder, CO shop where I first saw there funky peaches about a month ago, and it was a funny view of those small, fat wheels tightly lying around at a corner of the store.
But the other day when I was in yet another supermarket, a pile of the same chunky peaches were sold under the name of "Saturn peach". Saturn? They mean, Saturn's ring?? Hummm... If you try really hard, it might not be impossible to associate them with Saturn...
And then this time at the same store where I got the nectarines, the tag said "Saturn peach" but the stickers on individual peaches read "Jupiter peach". Jupiter... ring? Like Saturn? Hey, what's going on with the name of this peach??
I imagine that this peach might be a relatively new comer in the US market and it hasn't had its name established yet, thus causing a chaos in the peach-naming industry. Or what?
Names aside, the doughnut peaches (I prefer to call them this way) were ripe and juice-dripping delicious. They were basically the same as regular white peach, which is my favorite; as a fresh fruit the white peaches are definitely more common and popular than yellow kinds in Japan, although things look quite different here in the US. In Japan, yellow peach is more commonly seen canned in sugar syrup and available all year around, and I had never seen fresh yellow peach sold in the store up until quite recently. In that sense, it is a really precious experience to me to be able to find fresh yellow peach everywhere here... I have a couple of plan to work on those fresh peaches while they are still here!
posted by chika at: 7/26/2004 10:05:00 AM