Photo by John M. Sconzo, M.D. of Frog Hollow Peaches
A Park in Parma
by Rocco Verrigni
How You Know When a Peach is a Peach
While sitting in a small park in Parma on a very hot late spring afternoon (88°), I discovered the following about how you know when a peach is a peach.
A peach is a peach:
* When you can, without effort, split the peach exactly in half by just twisting as if you were opening a bottle or container, without mutilating the fruit
* When the seed pulls out like it were in butter
* When you open it and you see the juice as it sprays into the air and falls silently to the ground
* When, while eating it, the juice oozes from the corners of your mouth and pools onto the bag you are holding on your lap
* When the pooled juice can be drunk from the bag as if drinking a shot glass of peach juice
* When an hour later, you are still enjoying the peach because the sweet aroma of it is still radiating from your hands
* When you know that this is the best peach you have ever had until you have another like it
Now, this is when a peach is a peach!
Ed. Note: The fruit in Italy is second to none, though the Frog Hollow peaches I photographed a couple of years ago by me would have qualified for Rocco's definition.