Posts tagged ‘water honey peaches’
Book me a flight to China. Quick. It seems it’s the only place on earth where I’ll find a tasty peach. In fact, if this Wall Street Journal article is right, China is where the world’s heavenliest peaches grow.
I’ve experimented with different peaches all season long — at the farmers market and the supermarket — and none have pleased me. Maybe East Coast peaches are just not that great. Last year, I lucked out with local peaches I found at the supermarket on my block, but I had no such luck this year. The WSJ article explains that U.S. peaches — unlike those in China — are bred to have a long shelf life, rather than to be juicy and taste good.
China’s “shui mi tao” or “water honey peaches” have a shelf life of one or two days. They’re sold within a day or two of picking, each fetching a pricey $3 in groceries stores in Shanghai and Beijing.
Transporting the delectable peaches across borders and time-zones is an expensive proposition that makes them off limits to most people, according to the article. In Tokyo, the peaches go for $10 each. Were they to make it to the U.S. — doubtful given the fragility of the fruit — the price would be off the charts.
I guess I better book that flight to China.