Peach Care (cont)
By: National Gardening Association Editors
Harvesting and Storing
Never shortchange yourself by picking your peaches too early. The reward for your labor is the special, home-grown flavor of a tree-ripened peach; one that has to sit for a while on the kitchen windowsill just isn't reward enough. If there's still some green on the peach, chances are it's not ready to be picked. A peach should come off the branch with one slight twist - nothing more vigorous than that. Be careful while harvesting because most varieties, especially the soft-fleshed 'Reliance' and 'Champion', bruise easily when ripe. To store peaches, keep them in a cool place to prevent further ripening.
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