Louis XIV cultivated thirty-three varieties of peach in the gardens of Versailles – some say that they were his favourite fruit.
Pêches des vignes are really quite rare these days in France. They grow in between the vines in a vineyard and are thought to be less beautiful to look at than the rosier looking, fleshier and more robust Chinese peach varieties. Their flavour is remarkably delicate, however, and their soft flesh goes beautifully with wild blackcurrants, sieved into a thick, sharp coulis.
Sometimes, things are not quite what they seem. The discarded hold a hidden, exciting secret known only to those who take the trouble to discover it.