pasty or juciy?

July 18, 2007 4:29pm CST
Any tips on how to tell if a peach or nectarine is sweet juicy and yummy? Instead of pasty and dry, to me they seem the same on the outside, sitting in the same box at the store, how do you choose?
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@wdiong (1818)
• Singapore
19 Jul 07
Here are some tips: Choose peaches with smooth, unwrinkled skin and no blemishes or bruises. Choose peaches that give slightly at the seam when pressed with your thumb, even though the rest of the peach is firm. Look out for peaches with tan circles, an early sign of decay. Look for peaches that show a background of color; yellow or creamy with a rosy blush. Leave peaches at room temperature a day or two to soften. Then store ripe peaches in the refrigerator. They will keep for 3 to 5 days. If you have a hard time peeling a peach, try blanching for a minute in boiling water then plunging in cold water for a minute to stop the effect of the heat. Peaches will discolor quickly when exposed to the air, so after peeling sprinkle with lemon or lime juice if not eaten or cooked immediately.