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Washington Peaches are Here!

Peaches are one of the greatest signs of summer in the Pacific Northwest. These sweet, juicy fruits appear in the middle of the season and last until early fall, providing summer revelers in Washington with a delicious treat to add to picnics and BBQs. Peach trees grow well in the Pacific Northwest because of our relatively mild climate. Our winters are cold enough to satisfy the chilling requirement of peach trees, which need a certain amount of hours at cold temperatures in order to fruit, but not so harsh that the flower buds die.

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Peaches are native to the northwestern part of China, where human cultivation is thought to have begun around 1000 BCE. The fruit was favored by Chinese nobles, and was ascribed certain magical powers in Chinese mythology. By 200 BCE, Chinese horticulturists knew how to differentiate between different winter cultivars of the peach tree, allowing commercial production to increase. At this time, peaches were also imported to the Mediterranean region, including Persia (from which the peach gained its Latin name, Prunus persica). From there, peaches made to Europe, where the French word peche became the English word “peach”. Since that time, peaches have been a popular (though historically expensive) treat in Europe and America, where Thomas Jefferson grew peaches at Monticello.

 

China is still the world’s leading producer of peach crops, producing an estimated 11 million tons in 2010- 50% of the entire world’s production! In contrast, the United States produces only about 6% of the world’s peach harvest. Oddly enough, China exports fewer peaches than the United States because most of its peaches are consumed domestically.

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Did you know that peaches and nectarines are the same species? The only difference between them is that they come from different cultivars of peach tree (like the difference between a cherry tomato and a grape tomato).

 

For a fun and tasty summer dessert, check out this week’s recipe by Kayla Waldorf for Pacific Coast Harvest- roasted peaches with toasted almonds and vanilla ice cream!

 

 

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Roasted Peach Summer Dessert

This week’s recipe is for a tasty summer dessert that will cool you down on hot summer nights. Inspired by southern cuisine, this roasted peach recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

 

Roasted Peaches with Toasted Almonds and Vanilla Ice Cream

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

3 ripe peaches pitted and cut into 6 slices

2 T dark brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 T butter, melted

1/3 Cup blanched and slivered almonds

Vanilla ice cream or frozen custard

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Wash, pit and slice peaches. Toss peaches with brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. Make a “baking boat” with double layered tin foil so juices don’t spread. Peaches should overlap.

Bake for 15 minutes until juices start to bubble.

While peaches bake, place almonds in unheated small pan. Turn range to medium and toss occasionally for about 5 minutes until fragrant and golden brown.

Spoon hot peaches and juice over ice cream (ratios as desired but more peaches than ice cream recommended). Sprinkle with toasted almonds and enjoy!

Original recipe for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

 

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A summer cocktail your guests will love

We’re all heading into a ‘busy-yet-fun’ time of year, with graduations, Father’s Day and all sorts of festivities!

Are you hosting any social gatherings this weekend or next?

We’ve discovered a summer cocktail that is a true crowd-pleaser.  You’ve gotta check it out.

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“Peaches for Me” Cocktail

Adapted from Serious Eats

Ingredients

    • 6 peach slices (approximately half of a medium peach)
    • 3 cherries, stemmed and pitted
    • 1 ½ oz. of white rum
    • ½ ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice
    • ¼ ounce of Demerara syrup*
    • Ice
  • Peach slice for garnish

(*In a sauce pan, mix a small amount of Demerara sugar with water on medium heat until the sugar dissolves and then let it cool.)

Preparation

  1. Muddle the cherries and peach slices in a cocktail shaker until the juices have completely been released from the fruit.
  2. Add the rum, lime juice and Demerara syrup.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice
  4. Shake for 15 seconds
  5. Strain the cocktail into a glass. For best results, use both the cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer.
  6. Use the peach slice for garnish

Serves: 1
Preparation time: 5 minutes

CHEERS!

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John, Tom & Reece

Pacific Coast Harvest
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