We at Chappell Orchards try to pick a firm, ripe peach. A peach with a dark green background is normally too immature to obtain maximum sugar content. When selecting peaches, try to pick those which have a red or yellow color with very little dark green background. We do not pick soft peaches. However, sometimes a day-old peach is available at a reduced price for those who want to immediately use the peaches. We advise that you select the peach which suits you. If you are traveling or want the peaches to hold up several days, please purchase fresh peaches. Some varieties have better holding capabilities than others. Always feel free to tell us what you are looking for and we will probably be able to help. We at Chappell Orchards appreciate your business.
FOOD SAFETY ON PEACHES
We at Ken Chappell Peaches strive to produce the safest fruits and vegetables. It is virtually impossible to produce quality fruit without applying numerous spray applications to control insects and disease. However, we follow strict guidelines when applying chemicals.
The Alliance For Food And Farming states in a report that the benefits of fruits and vegetables far outweigh the risk. It added that a child could eat 176 servings of peaches in one day without risking an effect from residue.
The EPA says 98.5% of domestic fruit tested below tolerence levels.
For those who are still concerned, a test conducted at Connecticut University found that washing fruit for 30 seconds in cold or warm water did a good job of removing any remaining dirt, bacteria, or residue. Adding Palmolive soap did not seem to make a difference.