Frog Hollow Farms Peaches

by Fruit Maven

Ohhhhh. Today’s post is a woozy doozy. I’m giving away a box of sweet, succulent peaches to one of you! Well… I’m not actually giving them away — Frog Hollow Farms is doing it, but I’m taking all the credit. Because I can. They don’t get to look at this post first – haha!



But first let me tell you about them. Two weeks ago I received a box of six gorgeous peaches in the mail. Ohhhhh! How exciting. I opened it and saw the name O’Henry Peaches. Bee-boop. Big let down. I’ve had them before. (You can read a more detailed review here). There is something strong in me that is driven by seeking out and trying only new things even if I liked the old things. So they sat around my house uneaten for a few days and then when they seemed like they couldn’t go one more day, I stuck them still uneaten in the refrigerator. (At this point you should be questioning my actual love of fruit – because this is silly behavior by any measure.)



Fast forward a week and I received ANOTHER box of gorgeous peaches. This time they were Cal-Red Peaches and were noted as Frog Hollow Farm’s signature peach. Well hello! I got out both boxes that very hour and started eating. Hilariously the O’Henry peaches were my favorite of the two and were even better than the last time I’d had them. They were a little more assertive and acidic and completely won me over (the flavor was far more complex and exciting than last time), where the Cal-Reds had a deep sweetness that hung around my mouth with little acidity. While they didn’t end up being the winner in my personal taste test, I can see why they would be a signature.

I liked them so much that I asked Frog Hollow Farms if they would be willing to send a box to one of my readers. They replied with a super quick YES. So now you can have your very own box of six Frog Hollow peaches delivered right to your door. Just leave a comment and tell me about the best peach you’ve ever had! I’ll do a random drawing on Wednesday, August 21, at 12:00pm PT. I’ll contact you by email and work out the details. Enjoy!


Cal-Red Peaches

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Dusty, fuzzy skin with a mix of reds and browns and hints of yellow. Bright sunny yellow flesh and deep red center.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★★

Strong, floral and sweet peach fragrance once cut.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

The flesh is absolutely perfect. Exactly what you want a peach to be – dense and soft with so much juice that you are slurping and cooing the whole time. The skin was noticeable and I ended up cutting it off. Not bad in any way, just a little distracting with a dry mouth-feel.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★★

Layers and layers of sweet peachy-ness.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Fantastic peach if you prefer the low-acid type. You can also learn a little more about peach types in this goofy video I did on peaches over here and see one that is shaped like a heart, the Desert Gold. But don’t forget to leave a comment here first so you can win!

FRUIT
Peach
PEAK
Summer
PROVIDED BY
Frog Hollow Farms
VARIETY
Cal-Red
GROWN
Frog Hollow Farms
California

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Charentais Melon

by Fruit Maven

I know it says charentais melon up there at the top and that’s true; but what is also true is that this is a canteloupe — a real one. Not one of those impostor musk melons calling themselves canteloupes at the grocery store and farmer’s markets. I talked about this briefly a few weeks ago when I highlighted the ever so delicious french baby melon.



You can see the two side by side here. Combined they are barely bigger than a spoon.

And honestly, it doesn’t particularly matter if you call them by the wrong name, they are both delicious and worth seeking out. We all know I like to be “different” so of course, I’m going to go for the charentais more often than not, because HELLO – it’s green and legit. (Can anyone who grew up in the 90s really say the word “legit” without automatically using your best rapper voice and singing “too legit to quit!“? I didn’t think so.)



So whether you like the tried and true or the new old world, it’s melon time, which is very, very close to hammer time! (Good lord – where did all the MC Hammer references come from today? My apologies. It’s possible that it stems from the fact that I’m still wearing my pajamas, which are basically hammer pants. When, oh when will these come back in style?)


Charentais Melon

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Dusty, muted green smooth skin with faint ribbing. Bright orange flesh and yellow seeds. About the size of a squatty softball.

AROMA Rating: ★★★½☆

Clear, mild scent that strikes me as a very pure melon scent without the strong sweetness.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

Juicy and dense with a slight graininess that I find appealing.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★★

Mild cantaloupe flavor with a touch of something tart, almost lemony. Very fresh tasting. Not overly sweet.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

I love eating this melon because it feels very old-world. Like I’m sitting at a farm table with my grandmother eating a melon we grew ourselves. None of this is something I’ve ever done, so eating this melon feels like a cool, happy fantasy. Something I am quick to do on a hot summer day.

FRUIT
Melon
PEAK
Summer
PROVIDED BY
Specialty Produce
VARIETY
Charentais
GROWN
Weiser Family Farm
California

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French Baby Melon

by Fruit Maven

I’m sitting here trying to figure out how to introduce one of the very best cantaloupe varieties I’ve ever had when I know for a fact it isn’t actually a cantaloupe. I could just tell you about the best musk melon I’ve had, but for most people that won’t mean anything. So let me just say that what we call cantaloupes here in the US are not cantaloupes at all, they are musk melons. Cantaloupes are somewhat different and rarely found in the US, though I have one coming up for review in a few days.



I will admit that the name musk melon isn’t particularly appealing, even though I tend to like musky smelling fruit (concord grapes for example). But I’m not sure why we didn’t just name it something completely different instead of stealing a different type of melon’s name. So odd. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because this one goes by its variety name, which is French Baby Melon. Perfect. Makes me want to snatch it up immediately and snuggle it to my chest. Or my nose. Or whatever. I may have been cooing to it early today after I took a bite. I never claimed I wasn’t weird.

French Baby Melon

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★½☆

Oblong melon about 5 inches long with tan netted skin and pale orange flesh. Yellow seeds.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★★

Sweet, rich and melony.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★★

Juicy, juicy, juicy with a nice soft dense texture that makes my spoon feel happy and successful at its job.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★★

Sweet with layers of flavor and complexity and a nice mellow balance of acidity.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★½

This melon is delicious. This is what I want every single melon I pick up at the grocery store to taste like. JUST. LIKE. THIS. I want to eat it, drink it, slurp it, leave it dripping from my chin, etc.

OTHER NOTES

If you want to look at gorgeous photos of melons and learn about all different unique types (including lots of fun watermelons, real cantaloupes and musk melons), I highly recommend the book, Melons for the Passionate Grower by Amy Goldman although it’s out of print so even the used ones look to be +$60. Or you can just look through it online here.

FRUIT
Melon
PEAK
Summer
PROVIDED BY
Specialty Produce
VARIETY
French Baby
GROWN
Weiser Family Farm
California

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