We planted this peach tree about four years ago, but this is the first year that the fruit’s been worth anything. I have to admit I’ve been an agri-poseur of the highest order when it came to this peach tree. Contrary to my normal habits, I did zero research on the tree variety; I picked up a cheap little sapling from Lowe’s. I’ve failed to study how to properly care for the tree, I’ve never fertilized it, nor have I ever taken any pest-prevention measures. This is so not me. Maybe this post will shame me into being a better orchard-keeper, but it seems unlikely.
All the same, the tree has more or less thrived under my benign neglect. It did lose a big branch a few weeks ago when it broke under the weight of growing peaches, so I picked immature fruit off the other branches in hopes of preserving them. Today we picked a large basketful of peaches that are close to ripe, and I figure I have about a week before I have to do something with them… or else.
A disappointing number of our peaches looked like this:
I’m not sure if these bite marks are from squirrels or birds, but either way, they are scoundrels. Seriously, you just ate a few bites, critter? So wasteful. Maybe this will shame me into researching pest prevention.
These are too small for eating out of hand, so I plan to make my first batches of homemade jam. I’m thinking… sriracha peach jam? I’d start with a basic recipe like the one here and add just a little bit of Thai chili sauce or sriracha. We shall see. I may just do straight up jam, since I’ve never made any at all.
But if I do make some spicy peach jam, I have some labels at the ready: