Serendipity

The peach comes from China, and got out on the Silk Road to the Persians, who gave it to the Romans, who called it the Persian Apple (which got shortened to Peach, right?), and then in the mid twentieth century some scientists went to China and discovered this …

Siberian C

A wild peach from the Gobi Desert. About the size of a large plum.

Siberian C was used for decades as a cold-hardy peach tree rootstock. Here in British Columbia, it was readily available as seed, but now, in our ultra modern times, it’s not. Now peach rootstocks come in from the south, rich with diseases and fumigated till they’re blue in the face and gasping for life.┬áThis is called progress. It’s just dumb. So, when I found a Siberian C that had survived by overpowering its graft, I went picking. Here they are once I shucked them for their seeds …

Rebuilding the Peach Industry One Pit at a Time

Of course, I don’t have a chunk of land for these. Hmmm. Anyone?

And here is the flesh of the fruit (this is the serendipity part)…

Siberian C Peaches Inside Out
White flesh, green skin, red flesh around the pits. The flesh is flavourful, but moooooshy.

So, I juiced them on a whim and a hunch, and, what do you know, this is the greatest peach juice, like, ever. It comes out rich and pink, almost like syrup, with a lovely balance of sugars and acids. To heck with rootstocks. These things can be the real deal, too. An orchard of these beauties could not only rejig the peach industry, but leap into the new food value industry, too. I’m all for that.

2 thoughts on “Serendipity

  1. May I have a pit as well. I love things that are still “the way they used to be” before all the hybridization and commercialization. I have been searching for a source of Siberian C tissue/seed and a few other very old varieties I hope to preserve. I live in a cold climate so these are possibly the only peaches I would ever be able to grow. I would pay whatever you ask. kmdulitz@gmail.com

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