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It’s Peach Season in Windsor Essex

This time of year brings me back to my grandmother’s orchard with its wonderful fruit selection – plums, pears, peaches, and apples.  My all time favourite were the wonderfully ripe peaches.  They were so fragrant and succulent that the juices ran all over with just one bite.  I can still smell the aromas just thinking about my childhood.

In days gone by we had many peach orchards in beautiful Essex County.  We even celebrated peaches in our little town of Harrow with a festival and the crowning of the Peach Queen. The Harrow Research Station developed a number of peach varieties such as the Harrow Beauty and Harrow Diamond  Peach.  Today, you can still find fresh peaches at our neighbour’s Leslie and Doug of the Fruit Wagon and Maria’s on Ridge Road.

So today in celebration of the long weekend and fresh Essex County peaches I thought I’d share a lovely adult beverage recipe that incorporates my favourite herb- lavender and of course those luscious peaches.

Lavender Peach Bellini

Ingredients 
2 ripe large peaches, peeled, halved and stone removed

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of water

1 teaspoon Serenity Lavender’s culinary lavender

750 ml bottle of North 42 Degrees Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, chilled

Fresh lavender sprigs to garnish

Method
Add water into a small pot.  Bring to a boil add sugar stir until completely dissolved.  Take off the heat and add 1 teaspoon of Serenity Lavender’s culinary lavender.  Put the lid on the pot and steep for about 20 minutes.  Strain the lavender and put the lavender simple syrup mixture into the fridge until cooled completely.

Blend the peaches in a blender until smooth. Place 1 tablespoon of peach puree into a glass add 1 tablespoon of lavender simple syrup  and top with chilled sparkling wine.

Decorate each glass with a lavender sprig and serve straight away!

Cheers!!

Chefs Tip:
Use 1 parts puree to 4 parts sparkling wine. Good quality peach juice can be used as a substitute.

Serves 6

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Poached Lavender Peaches

Peaches, Lavender and  Harrow go hand in hand.  Did you know that varieties such as Harrow Beauty, Harrow Fair,  Harbright and Harrow Diamond, just to name a few, were developed right in our own backyard at the Agriculture  Agri-food Canada Harrow Research Station?  While we no longer celebrate these achievements at the Peach Festival, but we still love our peaches which are bursting with sweet rich ripeness right now and available at your local Harrow fruit stands picked just hours before your purchase.

So this season for something try the  flavours of lavender and peach

Ingredients:

6  -8  peaches

2 cups of water

1 cup of sugar

1 Tablespoon of Serenity’s culinary lavender

1 bay leaf or clove

Preparation

In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water and over medium heat stir until the sugar is  disolved and the mixture is clear.  Remove from heat and add the lavender and bay leaf and steep for 10-15 minutes.  Strain the herbs from the liquid and return the liquid to the saucepan and bring to a boil.  Add  peaches and cook for 2-3 minutes until the peaches are tender.  I like mine a bit firmer.  Remove peaches from the liquid with a slotted spoon. Let them cool down a bit. Peel the skin, pit and slice in half.   Continue to cook until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup.   Place 2 peach halves on a plate and drizzle with syrup. Serve with ice cream or for something more decadent try it with marscapone cheese or devon cream.  Garnish with a fresh lavender sprigs, mint or bay leaf.

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