Monday, June 30, 2008

Banality

So anyway, I was introduced to an Iranian fruit 'n' veg shop about a quarter of a mile to the west of the Odeon High Street Kensington. There I bought some curious peaches - they appeared flattened as if by a sharp blow from a croquet mallet. Now I am something of a peach man and I think I can safely say these were the most delicious I have ever tasted. I anticipated a deeply pleasurable half mile walk once or twice a week to stock up. Then I discover to my horror they are now sold in Marks & Spencer. This sucks the fun out of the entire project, even though the M & S peaches are nowhere near as good. It is the fact of them being in a supermarket. All the exoticism has gone, they have become banal. Worst of all, M & S calls them doughnut peaches. Sadly this seems to be accurate and none of the other names are any better. I shall, in spite of everything return to High Street Ken to buy what I shall stubbornly call Les Peches d'Isfahan

8 comments:

  1. Here they are called Saturn peaches and I love 'em too.

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  2. There is a barely veiled eroticism to this post that I find rather exciting. You see, I am also a 'peach man'. Would it be so wrong of me to ask for more posts about 'peaches'?

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  3. i'd second that, Madeley. We need more peaches talk on this blog.

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  4. They were probably flattened by the Israelis.

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  5. I have often admired the pictures of peaches you post on your blog, Elberry. The only peaches I'm not so keen on are those made by Geldof. Much too tart for my taste.

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  6. A pear man me (Dick - see my recent correspondence with Serena D)... Marks and Spencer fruit is rubbish. The ludicrously high reputatn of M&S is one of the mysteries of English life. Waitrose fruit vastly better - tho I might just keep walking down to this Persian emporium...

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  7. I planted a peento last year, but don't know how the fruit turned out as I've been gone (and, at the moment, not far at all from that shop). The housesitter did report the plums and pluots were all great but no word on the peaches. The birds got the cherries.

    Aside to Nige: The pears are going to be great this year (unless the birds get them): eight varieties as well as 4 types of Asian pears. "Backyard orchard culture" is fun, easy, and with successive ripening, plentiful.

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