Stone Fruit Season

“In the midst of my ennui, wet and haggard and broken, I ate a cold sweet peach. And I wanted to eat another one!” Shing Yin Khor on peaches, for Catapult.

In the first installment of Curiosity Americana, Of Mufflers And Men, they explore roadside statues like Paul Bunyan.

posted by ChuraChura (9 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

The story of the “shower peach” she tells reminds me of this wonderful quote from Alice Walker:

“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring and because it has fresh peaches in it.”
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:44 PM on August 21 [1 favorite]

(Shing Yin uses they/them pronouns)
posted by ChuraChura at 1:46 PM on August 21 [1 favorite]
Just a heads up! Current recall on peaches 🙁
posted by Actively Avoiding the Noid at 1:49 PM on August 21
This is just to say
posted by The otter lady at 1:54 PM on August 21 [1 favorite]
This is lovely, thank you for posting it. I felt sure I’ve seen their work before, and sure enough they were at SPX (the Small Press Expo) last year – couple video links – Shing Yin Khor on a SPX 2019 panel on queer science fiction and world-building and SPX 2018 interview with Shing Yin Khor.
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:00 PM on August 21
Oh and the point is, another autobiographical food comic of theirs won an Ignatz award in 2018: Say It With Noodles.
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:03 PM on August 21
Growing up in Georgia my elementary school would have a baking contest every year based on the three most important state crops: peaches, pecans and peanuts. I never competed because my parents worked too much to bake in the evenings, but it’s such a memorable contest theme that I remember it 30+ years later.

As Shing Yin Khor mentions, Peaches are from Northwest China. Peanuts come from somewhere in South America. Even pecans originated elsewhere, over to the west by the Mississippi river. Now, I have come to prefer big Virginia peanuts, and I’ll eat a pecan no matter where it is from. But even though I live hundreds of miles away from my home state I will go out of my way to buy a Georgia peach. There are other good peaches, like Chambersberg here in PA, but they are not as flavorful and candy-like as the ones from the Peach State.

There’s even a Peach truck that drives peaches from Peach County, Georgia all the way to the suburbs outside of my northern city. I bought a box of nearly 70 peaches for $40, which seems like a lot for fruit. But they were all perfect. I had to spend a fair amount of time processing them into jam, peach chips, and frozen sorbet because we could only eat so many while they were not yet over ripe. I’m still eating the Jam and it tastes like sunshine.

There are many reasons that I no longer live in Georgia, but I did miss the peaches until I found my current connection. I would really like it if those big cauldrons of boiled green peanuts would catch on here, too.
posted by Alison at 2:10 PM on August 21

Having formerly lived in Georgia for many years, and now living in California, California stone fruit take my personal cake.

But that may be the two pounds of pluots I ate this week talking.
posted by billjings at 2:14 PM on August 21

Someone took all the peaches off our peach tree this week. I hope they enjoyed one of them as much as this author enjoyed theirs. I wish they would have stopped at one, though.
posted by eirias at 2:18 PM on August 21

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