Red Haven Heaven

Think of a perfect peach:

It’s relatively small and perfectly round; its opaque yellow flesh enrobed in velvet skin. This is very likely to be a Red Haven peach. We started harvesting our Red Haven peaches on the farm last week, and are now in somewhat of a Red Haven heaven!

Typically we’d advise you to wait for a peach to soften before diving in for a bite, but with Red Havens, ripe fruits remain firm to the touch. Just a little give when you press in with your thumb is enough to guarantee creaminess as you sink your teeth into one of these. While we’d endorse any local and fresh peach, it’s particularly satisfying to take home an entire peck of Red Haven peaches knowing that they won’t turn to mush before you have a chance to devour them all. Or worse, bruise upon any attempt to slice them.

For this reason, Red Havens earned fame among bakers and peach-lovers in general. Slice them, cook them, or bake them without sacrificing texture. Expect the tenderness you’d find in any freshly picked ripe peach, but don’t be afraid to handle them. They can take it, we assure you.

Red Haven peaches are thus prized for having ideal texture (and just as importantly, flavor). Outshone in some regards by the later-developed Flaming Fury peach varieties, Red Havens nonetheless remain unsurpassed in the dessert category. They are sweet, flavorful, and they hold their integrity when used in anything from cobblers to jams, and everything in between. (They are also freestone, which makes things a whole lot easier in terms of removing the pits).

You definitely do not need to toil over a cobbler or send your air conditioner into overdrive in order to enjoy these delicious dessert peaches. Try out this Honey-Glazed peach recipe idea. Spoon them while they’re still hot over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and save the rest for yogurt or good old fashioned peaches and cream.

Honey Glazed Peaches

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe peaches, quartered
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium until it melts and starts to very lightly bubble.
  2. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the melted butter and stir with a spatula to let the flavor infuse into the butter.
  3. Now add the peaches to the skillet in one layer and don’t touch them for about 2 minutes to let one side caramelize.
  4. Move the peaches to one side of the pan, and tilt the pan slightly to let the butter pool at the other side. Add the honey and vanilla to the butter and stir.
  5. Turn the heat to low and stir everything all together. Continue to cook on low, stirring once in a while, for about 8-10 minutes, until the liquid has reduced to a glaze.
  6. Let cool for 2 minutes and serve, or let cool completely and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

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