It’s nice to have goals to work towards; it’s even better when they begin as fantasies of perfection. Picking the perfect peach is one such goal whose roots begin in our collective imagination. But the perfect peach, with its custardy sweetness and scent that smells like sugar and sun, isn’t so much fantasy as it is elusive. They do exist, however, and you can find them, but like most hidden treasure, you have to know when and where to look, and you have to be a little patient.
Picking the perfect peach is an exercise in your senses. So much of it may seem obvious once it’s gathered in one place but, these choices desire to become habits, and soon second nature. So the next time you go the market to buy your peach, lift it to your nose for a deep drag of its scent and a gentle squeeze along the way, all while taking measure of its yellow color and rosy flush. Learn this choreography of picking the perfect peach by heart, and you can do the dance of picking the perfect peach all summer long.