Eeeny Mealy Miney Mushy

Not so peachy, eh?
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So much for having fresh good peaches for the cobbler planned for today’s family gathering. Of the six peaches I bought, NOT ONE pit came out – rather it split inside the peach and the slices had to be around the pit, almost like a mango.

Five of the six were brown or browning inside. All six were mealy tasting. They came from Shoprite, which I must say usually has good produce, so maybe it’s knowing HOW to look for a good peach from the outside. Must it always be a Georgia Peach? These say Southern Peaches, but I suppose that could mean Southern Mexico or Southern Shanghai.
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I can remember as a kid my grandmother had a peach tree in her backyard and we used to grab them right off the tree and eat them like apples, the sweet juice dribbling down my hands and shirt.

Ooooh, how I long for a really good peach. Got any ideas?

50 thoughts on “Eeeny Mealy Miney Mushy

  1. The mealy problem, I believe means they are old. Perhaps sitting on a ship/truck for too long. I have better luck with farmer’s market peaches. Picking your own at an orchard is always good and last but not least: Whole foods,as much as I dislike them sometimes, will usually cut open and allow you to taste a peach. Once they are home though I find they last 24 hours on the counter and then must be eaten. They are quite possibly the most persnickety fruit. If a peach can be persnickety….

    1. Agree with you re a farmers market. Growing up in Delaware, we had some of the best farmers markets anywhere on the east coast. Market Street in Wilmington is so named because every Saturday it was turned over to lower Delaware farmers – from chickens to corn to tomatoes to peaches. I was spoiled growing up. Then living in Europe for several years, daily shopping at markets meant everything was fresh that day.
      John Jay Homestead here has a Saturday farmers market but it’s way over the top for me, with vendors that don’t appeal to our simple lifestyle. Stamford has a few good farmers markets.
      I should have known better than to buy the Shoprite peaches but they looked and felt good.
      Q: good idea WF has about cutting open peaches but one peach does not a good bunch make. Same with bananas!

      1. The John Jay Farmer’s Market is about as much a farmer’s market as Whole Foods is a supermarket. I want to go and buy garden fresh lettuce, tomatoes, etc etc, not to buy jewelry and get my knives sharpened. But it’s mobbed every time I drive by so I guess I am in the minority. Pound Ridge has a decent farmer’s market.
        Here’s a list of the John Jay vendors –
        http://www.johnjayhomestead.org/images/2015_Farm_Market_Vendors.pdf

  2. I moved from Ct. many years ago & now live in SC where the local peaches are fabulous as are those grown in Ga. They should smell like a peach. The season is short (: When I see Ca. peaches in the market I don’t buy them as they’re usually mealy & tasteless. If I want to make a cobbler I use frozen. Not nearly as good as fresh but not all that bad, either.

    1. Aha, they should smell like a peach! I think that’s really key advice. I didn’t stop to smell them but I will from now on.
      I’ve used frozen for cobbler too but bought the fresh ones specifically for it. They are now in the trash. Nothing really salvageable. Tragic.
      Do you love SC? It and NC are on our radar when we can finally bail from the northeast.

      1. Can’t imagine living anywhere else. I could never live far from salt water so I live on the coast. Very warm in the summer but much better than a northern winter! And VERY affordable when compared with Fairfield & Westchester counties. Really nice house, deep water & dock under $800,000! Wonderful people – without an attitude – or any need or desire to call attention to themselves. Almost no conspicuous consumption.

        1. Where is SC anonymous? It sounds wonderful. I am already weary of Greenwich and the competitive/mean moms.

      2. What’s keeping you in NY? The Chillen? I thought they were all out of the house now. I’d leave CT in a heartbeat now, but my wife doesn’t want to leave the kids and friends behind. I sort of get that, but good friends stay good friends till we shuffle off the coil, so visits should suffice. Like Toonces I am fast coming to the edge of my tolerance threshold for gnarly winters and ‘difficult’ New York types.

        1. Short answer, my mother. I like to be where I can hop in the car and see her, which I do regularly.

          The kids don’t care where we are or go – they’ll find us anywhere, and probably would prefer we leave tax greedy NY and RI so they can get their hands on more $ if we park ourselves in estate-friendly North or South Carolina.

          Women have it a bit harder leaving – as non-feminist as this sounds, I’d be lost without my hairdresser of 25 years. Plus, starting over with dentists etc- that’s always tough. We’ll always have a RI presence, no matter where else we go – that property has been in the family now for a zillion generations. New York, on the other hand, most of my really good friends have already left. Virginia. North Carolina. Florida. One Arizona. One went north to Maine – sheesh. It’s never easy deciding.

        2. EOSr so TRUE. The hardest thing about moving – or one of them at least is finding new everything. Stupid as it sounds, even the new place to do all of your shopping. Doctors, hair etc…. those things are difficult to find in a new locale. Anyway – that’s a wonderful reason to stay – for your mom.

        3. Hi LA! I think my perspective on moving is colored by the fact that I/we have moved 5 times since 2000! NYC, Seattle, Marin county and here. Some of my best friends are from Seattle and CA and don’t even live there anymore so I know what it is like to stay in touch from far away and also how different people are in different areas of the country. So….. I am not afraid of it. If you’ve been in one place a long time it is difficult I think.

  3. two points for the headline.

    anon is right about any stone fruit – you need to smell it. then, it can’t feel too squishy or else that means what Toonces said, that it’s likely old. i pick the ones that are firm to the touch, but not solid as a rock. In other words, a total crap shoot.

    white peaches v. peach peaches – where do you stand on this very important issue? 🙂

    1. Yes, right! Smelling is the key for peaches. Fruits that you feel are oranges (heavy mean juicy, light means dried out) and a few others.

    2. Peach peaches. I don’t pay much attention to the appearance or size. Smelling works MOST of the time. Pretty doesn’t = good. Learned that the hard way.

  4. Toonces – Beaufort. It’s halfway between Savannah & Charleston. Before you get too excited, there is a downside if you’re not retired. The public schools are not what you’re used to in Gwch. & the job market is also poor. As I am now retired, it suits me perfectly.
    3,000 sf house on 2/3 acre costs me $1,800 in property taxes annually. Can’t beat that!

    1. Great town Beaufort. Been there a couple of times.

      Answer this: is it Bōfort or Būfort? I’ve heard it pronounced both ways.

    2. Thanks so much Anonymous! I’ll put Beaufort on my list of places to visit. Savannah and Charleston are already on there. We don’t need to worry about schools – kid just finished up. Your home sounds wonderful. I am tired of living in overpriced locales – – different kinds of people in them. I am being deliberately vague 🙂

        1. And if I can say this as a non-South Carolinian, skip Charleston too. Way too whitebread. Pretty architecture but stodgy residents. I was glad to leave after a long weekend there for a wedding.

  5. You might be better off skipping store-bought peaches and sticking to Peaches With Herbs!

    1. Peaches and Herb, Reunited!! 1970s hairdos were not kind to black women. Then again, no woman, black or white, even smoking hot Bo Derek, looked good in cornrows with beads. Nothing is sadder than seeing twelve year old white girls coming back on a flight to NY from Jamaica, their hair all in corn rows.

  6. Just quickly, while I have you all here, thanks to those of you were were Desperately Seeking FWIW and plopped down a spell here to gab EOS-style. Toonces, Chris R, one or more Anonymouses, Cobra, Cos Cobber…no Walt, alas alack.

    Even when FWIW is back up and running, we, the EOS Management, say y’all come back now, ya hear?!

    1. The plural of y’all is all y’all – just in case you end up living in SC/NC.

      Finding a hairdresser, DDS, Gyno,, etc. was never a problem. However, I wish my parents were still alive so I could pop in for a visit. It’s a very good reason for you to stay,

      1. you might be stuck with me (if you can stand it). I was so glad you warm, comfy place to stay and play. you are awesome!

        by the way, today is Flag Day:

        1. Me too chris r. Thanks EOSr for providing a comfy place to hang out and learn things like how to pick a good peach or why Verizon still s***s. We are all worrying about CF and the F’s. Glad to be able to check in here 🙂

        2. Hey, one of CFs Anoni didn’t call me a Fluff blog for nothing. We talk about all kinds of stupid stuff here.
          I suspect tomorrow being the 15th, the day CF said he’d be back blogging, his site will collapse with hits by strung out devotees starting at 6am. I’ve said it at FWIW before, but nobody runs a blog like CF. It isn’t as easy as it looks.

        3. I was going to call that anoni on that! This is not fluff. This is the stuff of life. Life is profound sometimes, sure but mostly, I think, made up of interactions between people. This is a great place EOSr. (When I write stuff like this I think how great it would have been to have been blessed with CF’s writing talent. Alas, I do not have it 🙂 )

        4. EOSr – since you mentioned the 15th is tomorrow I went to FWIW just to check. Chris has changed the original “Uh oh 30 day shut down” to “uh oh 60 day shut down”. He’s coming back on July 15th now. Hope he’s hanging in there. You’re stuck with us for a whole ‘nother month.

        5. Hmmmmm. July 15th now? So many things that could mean. Here’s what I’m thinking – that Chris found a big dose of strength in the first thirty days and now is positioned in Maine, with his family, closing the wagons around John and embracing the life John has left.
          As much of a support system we might have been virtually, in the real world I’m glad his blog is shut down for now. They need to concentrate on things other than us.

        1. Chris: He had me at the Coriolis effect is real. I hope he’s a high school physics teacher. Anyone who is that excited about toilet swirl should pass on that enthusiasm to kids! I’m going to start following their Twitter feed.

        2. Cool video Chris! Someone recently asked me that question believe it or not. I am going to send them this video.

      2. Do you ever think of adding a political component to your blog writing?

        Wasn’t the rain last night incredible?

      3. Not really Catherine. I love politics, am quite vocal about politics, but there are so many amazing political bloggers that it’s best I leave it to the pros.

        That said, oy, Hillary, laughing out loud that she’s gonna tell those waskily hedge fund guys to knock it off, right after she rents a $200k/day house in the Hamptons, probably owned by a hedge fund manager. Then there’s the oy of Jeb’s new logo. Hard to think people sat down at a table and thought a red Jeb! was a winner.

      4. Toonces: Agree that EOS’s words re Chris and John are beautiful. I know Chris has a real affection for EOS – she’s his number one cheerleader and always seems to have the right words to make Chris feel better.

    2. You are doing a wonderful job EOS. I just comment less frequently because I have been busier of late both during the week and on the weekends. The pool, the garden, tennis, the beach, the kids -all have me distracted – for good reason.

  7. EOS: what I love here is that there’s no pretense. You are incredibly real, funny as hell, and a great writer.

    PS: I was NOT the FWIW anon who called you Fluff.

  8. eosr: you could totally hold your own blogging about politics. you have a snarkessence quality about you that political bloggers need. try it.

    my liberal wife MADE me watch hillary – fortunately for me it was on the DVR so I could fast forward from hello to goodbye. i see zero appeal out of her and less than zero credibility. my dear better half is voting for her because she wants to see the first female president. i said, then go vote for carly fiorina. she didn’t see the humor in my comment.

    1. I don’t have the spine for the haters when political blog posts are written. It’s that simple. I’d curl up in a fetal position and cry all day if I got thrown at me some of the comments I see thrown elsewhere. Thanks for thinking of me anyway.

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