I am currently in possession of a very large quantity of the most perfect peaches and nectarines. They are sweet-tangy and so juicy that we often eat them standing over the kitchen sink. The peaches and nectarines were grown by the Masumoto family in Del Rey, located near Fresno, California. Mas Masumoto is renowned for his natural growing methods and champions varieties that are out of fashion. That’s to say, he wants to grow fruit with flavor. They are fragile and inconsistent in size but are full of the essence of summer. They are not fruit that you’ll find at the supermarket because they’re best eaten soon after they’re picked.
Mas, his wife Darcy, and daughter Nikiko work the farm. Romantic as small scale, family farming may sound, it’s not a glamorous life because Fresno is hot, the fruits have minds of their own, and the organic soil is so powdery at times that everything seems coated in a fine layer of dust. What’s glamorous and elegant is the fruit of the labors. Masumoto peaches and nectarines are legendary, prized by high-end restaurants and chefs, as well as home cooks who appreciate good fruit.