The Great Peach was many things all along – Poisons parasitea symbol of sexual awakening in everything from Renaissance art to contemporary media, dirty emojis, and a ship for an imaginary boy and his friends to traverse distant lands – but it wasn’t easy at all.
Peaches ripen, their flesh becomes more juicy, and thus wrestle more slippery with their hard, almond-like core if the viewer is placed on a pie, cobbler, or other delight that requires separating the fruit from each other. Pit removal is the dark side of the peaches, a fruit that is synonymous with all things bright and brilliant.
That may be why, when home chef Lori Woosley Uden posted a 15-second TikTok video of a painless approach to the sore hole in mid-June, her hoax garnered over 100,000 likes in just a few weeks, prompting Padma Lakshmi to do so. reproduced. (Cue another 46,000 likes).
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This technique works like this: Get a pair of needle-nose pliers and a ripe peach. Open the tongs to the approximate width of the hole, and dip the sharp ends into the shoulders of the peach on either side of its stem. Squeeze the pliers to close it around the hole, redirecting it as needed to gain traction, pulling the hole out of the peach as if you were pulling a tooth, while gently rotating the fruit for resistance.
“I hate pitting peaches, so I came up with it last month,” Woosley Uden wrote to me. Of course, it’s possible that others have used pliers like this long before her video – “I bought pliers specifically for the kitchen because I use them a lot” was captioned by @hypno_granny and has accumulated nearly 1,000 likes.
The needle-nose technique with pliers is very useful when dealing with clinging stone peach, but it also works with gem peach if one can’t really bother cutting it in half. (The difference between the two types as specified by Encyclopedia of fruits and nuts By Jules Janek and Robert E. Powell: “Flesh adheres more or less tightly to a hard pit or stone, hence the terms stonecrop or clinging stone.” Between mid-May and early June. For example, the Instagrammed donut peach is the clinging stone. Friston plums, with their barely adherent pits, come into season in mid-June and tend to stay until mid-August.
The pliers also work beautifully with ripe nectarines, which are actually a type of peach with a genetic variation meaning smooth, not fuzzy skin. (They can also have stone pits or clinging stone pits.) Woosley Uden says she uses pliers to dig out the cherries, too. The only scenario I tested that didn’t result in easy pit removal was an unripe peach, which was more like fruit assassination, with a solid yellow peach stabbed and stabbed to no avail.
For those who lack needle-nose pliers, the old-fashioned situations—like the wedge-and-twist method, where one cuts a peaches into halves or quarters, and then rolls the flesh out of the hole—goes nowhere. But it might be worth paying $11 in needle-nose pliers, for a chance to enjoy the gorgeous peaches in his most impressive role yet.