Remember the peach tree bowing under the weight of all the fruit?
Well it’s back to normal now. We have had two baskets of peaches at a time sitting on the counter for the past few weeks now. Every few days I’d process the peaches into a pie, or some fresh peach salsa, (it’s great on chicken tacos) and freeze what we weren’t going to immediately use. Then we’d pick two more baskets of peaches and they would sit on the counter again. In total we picked at least 10 gallons of peaches which is more than enough for two people.
The freezer peaches are waiting to be used in smoothies, popsicles and pies later on. We have a new favorite peach pie this year that I’m excited to share.
Peaches and cream pie:
- uncooked pie crust in a 9.5 inch deep pie dish
- 4 cups of peaches
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/3 cup of flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup of plain greek yoghurt or sour cream
It’s super simple. (my favorite kind of recipe) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make your favorite pie crust, put it in the pie dish. Place peaches on top. In another bowl mix the remaining ingredients and pour evenly into the pie dish. Bake for 60 minutes or until golden. Ta da !! Delicious! you could do a cross hatch pie crust on top if you so desired. I took the easy rout. It’s yummy. Husband was very happy, which makes me very happy 🙂
Peaches, Peaches Everywhere:
The peach tree is literally bowing to the earth under the weight of all its fruit burden this year. I did not thin the peaches as I should have. The result appears to be much more, and smaller fruit. Although they are blushed with red, they are still under ripe. They are crunchy, but they are sweet. Today I’ll be making a batch of peach salsa to lighten the load for the tree a little. There’s so many recipes on pinterest. I just picked one that looked like my husband would like it the most. He’s a salsa fanatic so I’m sure this will be a good use. I told him to expect a LOT of peach things in the coming future. Even if I just end up freezing a bunch for smoothies. (Got to do at least one cobbler though right?)
This year is the first year I’ve noticed a pest in the peaches. There is a peach moth that lays eggs on the peaches that tunnel into the center where the pit is. Basically it’s a peach worm. I can look at a peach and tell if there is one in it from the tell tale dimple. It is hardly noticeable if you’re not looking for it. (excuse the dirty hands, I just finished planting bulbs).
There really isn’t anything you can do about it except try to interrupt the cycle of the pest. The peaches will fall to the ground eventually, the worms will burrow into the soil to pupate. The pupa will mature and come out as moths and lay eggs on the fruit again. The moth can go through a few life cycles in one year. Meaning you can have a full tree of unusable peaches. So, you see a peach on the ground. Pick it up. throw it in the garbage. I’m going to lay a frost cover on the ground under the tree to try to prevent A) the worms from burrowing into the soil and B) any ground burrowers from getting out easily. Hopefully the birds will find them on the frost cover and eat them before they have a chance.
This whole bucket of peaches did not even make a dent in the tree. It’s hard to believe that but I guess that means more peach salsa for us!!
- 1/3 red bell pepper
- 2 cups peaches
- 1/4 bunch cilantro
- 1/2 white onion
- 1/2 jalapeno
- Salt to taste
It’s pretty yummy! got an approval from the husband. 🙂
I also made a peach custard pie to use up the majority of the rest of the peaches picked earlier. The verdict is still out if it is a good recipe or not though. We have to wait for it to cool down to try it. The strudel on top might end up being a little weird. But hey, it will end up being peach cobbler if it doesn’t work says the hubby. Not a bad way to look at it.