I admit that I have several knowledge gaps. Time zones come to mind most immediately as a good example, however, I don’t believe I’ve been off-base about the origins of almonds my whole life:
It sure looks and feels like an almond…but came out of the middle of a delicious freestone white peach! Mysteries. I’ve been swimming in peaches for the last several weeks since I discovered Loschiavo’s has a gold mine of ripe-enough-to-eat-in-the-store peaches. These are not the baseballs you buy at Kroger and have to wait for while you hope they ripen into something edible, maybe. The produce at Loschiavo’s isn’t fancy organic, as far as I’m aware, but they source locally when they can and their produce is infinitely longer lasting and better tasting than stuff from the mega stores. In addition to their life-changing yellow peaches, they also carry white peaches (simply because a few of their customers prefer them – how nice is that?). The white peaches are pretty hefty and almost too sweet for my tastes – but happily went into my cheery fruit salad, after the almond-peach pit drama was resolved.
Eating peaches naturally led me to think about my favorite drink, Diet Peach Tea Snapple. Yum. Sadly, I tried to avoid the diet version’s sweeteners this week and bought the regular sugared version instead. I don’t know what I was expecting, but halfway through the bottle I realized it had 39 grams of sugar in it. Holy smokes. It also made me feel like death afterwards, so I chalked it up to another casualty of a more reasonable, more adult, less sweet diet, and was very sad. Fast forward to my pitcher of sun tea sitting outside this weekend and my white peaches. I find the yellow peaches to be more flavorful than the white, so I came to have an overripe white peach languishing on my counter, having been skipped over many times this week. I peeled that thing, threw it in the food processor, made baby food, basically, and stirred a spoonful of the delicious resulting peach puree into my tea. Problem solved.
If you’d be weirded out by cloudy tea, this isn’t a good solution for you (puree won’t dissolve into cold iced tea), but it was super subtly delicious.