Sunday, 16 September 2012

Flat Peaches. Peacherines.

Flat Peaches

We are probably a bit late to cotton on to new things in the UK, but in July the Guardian and the Evening Standard newspapers had articles on to the new-to-us flat peaches. The name has stuck, as here we call a spade a spade.

Americans call them donut peaches, although the latter is rather a bad name, as they don’t look like our doughnuts nor of course is there jam in the middle.

Wikipedia calls them Saturn peaches, but they don't look like Saturn, do they?  Originally flat peaches came from China. They have been sold in the U.S for years. In fact Wikipedia waxes rather eloquently about them with mythology, facts, figures and elegant pictures.

Flat peaches have hit Truro and presumably everywhere else in the UK this year; they taste rather good and don’t drip juice all over you. Supermarkets like them because they are easier to stack.

 Peacherines sound interesting and are common in Australia and New Zealand. Bloggers there have lots of stories about them. As the name tells you they are a cross between peaches and nectarines. Scott Joplin wrote Peacherine Rag in 1901, so presumably the fruit is obtainable in the US, and must have been for yonks.

Van Gogh. Flowering Peach Tree 1888

Rambulation searched the Covent Garden and Harrods Food Hall websites for their availability in the UK, and was told “Your search yielded  no results”.  Sounds like a good export and marketing opportunity! And you heard it here first….

Peacherine Rag SCOTT JOPLIN, 1901 Ragtime Piano Roll.