My husband taught me to halve a peach like an avocado, but more gently. Slice the circumference of the peach, vertically – stem to tail. Using both hands, gently twist each half in opposite directions. If you squash a ripe one, eat it, and try another – your peaches don’t have to be perfect. They only have to taste perfect, which they will if you find them farm-fresh and they feel supple to the touch. Warning: if visiting Italy, don’t even dream of prodding fruit and vegetables at the market – you’ll be spanked! It’s a bad habit, and spoils the fruit for the next customer.