Saturday, June 26, 2010


Awhile back, I wrote about being deceived by some nice looking corn.

Well, it happened again, this time with white peaches.

These peaches were packed in those mesh styrofoam sleeves to keep them from getting bruised and then placed in a plastic box to prevent more bruising.

The thing I hate about all this packaging is that 1)it is bad for the environment and 2)you can't smell the fruit to see if it is ripe (or if they are hiding defects).

I noticed there were some holes here and there on the plastic box, so I checked for ripeness by putting my nose to these holes.

They smelled sweet, so I bought a box of 2 for 498 yen (about US$4.98)

The next morning I was ready to serve them.

I took out the bigger of the 2 peaches and noticed...mold! (say it isn't so!)

I cut it open and...blah! rotten (not even salvageable!)

Luckily, the smaller peach was okay, so Satoshi and I split it for part of our breakfast (but it was not as sweet as the white peaches in Japan could be).

I had been kind of avoiding this market for some time now because after a big company took them over, their prices had gone up and quality down.

Even though they are located very conveniently to where we live, they are usually my "last resort" place to shop.

Guess I'll go back to avoiding them.


gtrine said...

Kat, that blows!!! I don't normally like to return stuff, but that damaged (and expensive!) Fruit seems worth a complaint to the store. I hope you have better produce in your future this weekend!

KirkK said...

Geez what a rip-off....

Rowena said...

I'm shocked - quite 2 and half bucks for a medium peach and one was inedible? I hear you on the packaging...always bugs me when they over pack stuff.

K and S said...

Thanks Gtrine, Kirk & Rowena, I'm going to stop going there :)

Take care everyone!

Deb in Hawaii said...

How frustrating! Especially when you pay so much and are looking forward to enjoying it. :-(

K and S said...

I know Debinhawaii :( Thanks for listening!

Take care.

K said...

Aw, what a shame! Especially since they're so close to you :o(

K and S said...

I know K, now I walk a little farther to other markets in our area.

Take care.

Unknown said...

ahhh gross. I was wondering when the photos of those rotten peaches would surface.

K and S said...

Sorry Rick, hope you weren't eating while reading this :)

Take care.

Barbara said...

Infuriating when that happens. I think it is hard to find a good peach these days. They pick them early and leave them in storage to ripen.

K and S said...

The sad thing is that these are from Japan, not imported Barbara :(

Take care.

Kim said...

Awww...that really stinks,Lady. I remember seeing your tweet about the peaches but I didn't realize they were that rotten. I don't blame you for boycotting that store.

What's the reason for wrapping up the produce? Hygiene reasons? Don't want everyone pawing the produce?

K and S said...

Pocky...To make it "look" nice, also to prevent "trading" :(

Take care.