Most supermarket peaches are picked underripe, like tomatoes, and
shipped to markets. This is a way for them to survive the shipment. The
peaches will never really ripen and
they'll never compare to the farm stand down the road, when they are locally
In the USA, particularly in the eastern and southeastern
states, great flavored peaches abound, nectarines too. The season is short
and runs from early June through August. Now is the time for Georgia
peaches. As the season progresses, up the coast they ripen...after the
Georgia harvest the season moves up the coast to the Carolinas, Virginia,
NJ, NY and up to the New England states. And just to clarify, California and
other states peaches are very good too but nothing quite compares to an
Eastern Peach in Season! Commercially Georgia, and New Jersey supply
most supermarkets and the remainder of the states production are sold at
farm stands and local farmers markets and to fruit processors for canning, or frozen in syrup for bakeries to use in any number of ways.
Enjoy these beauties and look for them in your local stores now. They are
known as Southern and later as eastern peaches as the season progresses.
FYI, all Peaches have a PLU Supermarket Code of 4402.