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Why are farmers' market peaches so fuzzy?

Posted By on 08.20.09 at 06:45 PM

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Peaches look a little funny. Probably you've noticed. The kind term would be velvety. The word you usually hear is fuzzy.

Sometimes a peach rubs up against another peach, leaving a bit of extra fuzz where they rubbed together. It makes the peach look even funnier.

But is it your imagination, or do the peaches in the supermarket not look as fuzzy as the ones at the farmers' market?

It is not your imagination.

Many growers remove some of the fuzz from their peaches before they're sent off to be sold. There's nothing particularly sinister about it. It's done using a stream of water, a brush, or both.

Daniel Shumski works for an orchard and also writes Fruit Slinger, a seasonal blog.

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