COURTESY OF BLACK BEAR ORCHARDS
Tree ripe peaches are extremely perishable and deserve special attention when it comes to care. Our 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.