But while I was waiting for the farmer to give me change, I smelled spearmint coming from one of the herb containers nearby. The intense spearmint aroma and the fragrant peaches was so appealing, I contemplated the thought of combining the two.
And I did, with beautiful and tasty results. Here’s the simple process … Dissolve 1½ cups of sugar into 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat slightly and cook for about 5 minutes. Add one bunch of spearmint, (reserve some leaves for garnish) stir them until they wilt, add pitted peach halves (skin on) to syrup water. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side or until tender, FYI, tender happens quickly. With a slotted spoon, carefully remove peach halves. When cool enough to handle (1-3 minutes) gently remove skin.
To serve, place two halves on a plate, spoon a little spearmint syrup over peaches, garnish with spearmint leaves. For added decadence, add a little vanilla ice cream or cottage cheese! Leftover syrup is a great sweetener for iced tea!