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PROPER PEACH CARE

Tree ripe peaches are extremely perishable and deserve special attention when it comes to care.  The peaches should arrive in your hands at varying degrees of ripeness.  In a typical box, a few will be very ripe and will be partially bruised from the journey.  These are probably the best peaches in the box and should be consumed immediately either over a sink or outside to avoid the sticky mess resulting from the juiciness!   Here are a few recommendations that will allow you to get the most satisfaction from our peaches:​

 

  • The most important thing you can do is sort your peaches and remove the foam divider as soon as you get them home.

  • ​When you first get your box of peaches, sort them as soon as possible to remove the ripest ones.  This is a simple process. Remove the lid and survey the top layer for peaches that are bruising; remove those to a convenient place for expedient consumption. Gently feel the rest of the top layer for other soft peaches immediately ready to eat.  Separate the ones that are immediately ready to eat from those that are firmer on the top layer.

  • Remove the foam separator between the top and bottom layer and repeat the above actions with the second layer.

  • Then, REFRIGERATE softer peaches if they will not be consumed right away. Leave the firmer ones out at room temperature to soften up; once these peaches soften, they should be refrigerated as well to reduce the chance of spoilage.

PROPER PEAR CARE

  • The pears are picked green and firm. They will soften and start to turn slightly yellow when they are ready to eat.

  • Leave the box with the lid on it to help the ripening process. Do not store the pears in plastic containers or plastic bags. They will not ripen properly and will become mushy.

  • The pears will take about a week to ripen while sitting in their box at room temperature. Once the pears begin to turn yellow or they start to have a little squish to them, place them in the refrigerator so they will last longer while being ripe.

  • If you keep the pears refrigerated while green, they will take longer to ripen. You can take a few out at a time and let them ripen versus having the entire box ripen at the same time.

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