Gorgeous peaches at the farmers’ market yesterday. The farmer advised me to let them finish ripening them at home for a day or two, out of the sun and definitely not in the fridge. He then explained that chilling unripe peaches damages them and they’ll never be able to ripen properly. As in: Not. Ever.
Now, I have experienced mealy store-bought peaches plenty of times and never knew why.
He said that’s why local peaches that have never been chilled are best.
Detailed explanation here: https://www.google.com/amp/s/botanistinthekitchen.blog/2012/08/27/do-peaches-belong-in-the-fridge/amp/
Apparently I still have a thing or two—okay, lots of things—to learn from science.