We are deep in the midst of prime stone fruit season which lasts from May to September, peaking in July and August. Peaches are one of my favorite of the stone fruit family. A perfectly ripe, fragrant, sweet peach dribbles sticky juice all down your face and arms (and you don’t even care, it tastes that good). But how do you make sure that you are picking a good peach?
Selecting the Perfect Peach
- Try to find local peaches. When peaches are shipped long distance, they tend to be picked when they are underripe. Local peaches tend to be fresher, and you have a better chance of getting a sweet, ripe peach. Plus, local farmers can tell you when they picked the peaches, and how many days to wait until it will be the perfect ripeness.
- Look at the color. Pick a peach with vibrant colors ranging from creamy gold to yellow and red. Avoid peaches with green patches, as this means the peach was picked too early.
- Smell the peach. Peaches should have a sweet fragrance when you sniff them.
- Don’t squeeze it. Peach skin bruises easily, so don’t squeeze them too hard. Cup your hand around it and gently apply pressure; this will give you an idea if the peach is nearing ripeness.
Store fresh peaches on the counter and they should be ripe within a few days. Once they’ve ripened, move them to the fridge if you aren’t going to eat them right away. They can remain ripe and sweet for up to a week in the fridge.
When are Peaches Ready to Eat?
Peaches are ripe and ready to eat when they are soft to very soft to the touch. Take a look at the peach skin around the stem. When you start to see a slight wrinkle in the skin near the stem, that’s a sign that the peach is ready to eat. Once you see that, don’t wait too much longer, as more wrinkles mean the peach is starting to dry out.
How to Eat a Peach
Wash peaches right before you are about to eat them. Gently rinse them under running water, being careful not to bruise them. If you prefer peel-on, simple cut the peach in half and twist the halves around the pit to loosen, then slice into wedges. To peel a peach, submerge it in boiling water for 30 seconds, then put it into a bowl of ice water. Skins will easily slip off the flesh.
Surprisingly versatile, peaches make a tasty addition to salads, fish, poultry or beef dishes, and sweet and savory desserts. Try using this sweet stone fruit in these 27 recipes.
Breakfast and Smoothies
- Peachy Keen Overnight Oats from Shannon Garcia at Kiss in the Kitchen
- Fruit-filled Breakfast Tacos with Pistachios from Amy Gorin at Amy Gorin Nutrition
- Peach Coconut French Toast Bake from Lauren Sharifi at Bite of Health Nutrition
- Peach Cobbler Smoothie from Amber Ketchum at Homemade Nutrition
- Peach Crisp Smoothie from Chrissy Carroll at Snacking in Sneakers
- Peach Green Tea from Jennifer Lynn-Pullman at Nourished Simply
- Peach Pancake Gravy from Elizabeth Shaw at Shaw’s Simple Swaps
- Bourbon Peach Jam from Dianna Sinni at Chard in Charge
Appetizers and Entrees
- Simple Balsamic Roasted Peaches from Amy Gorin at Amy Gorin Nutrition
- Whole Wheat Tomato Peach Toast from Luisa Hammett at Peaches to Pearls
- Grilled Hemp Pesto Peach Flatbread from Kara Lydon at The Foodie Dietitian
- Grilled Peach Arugula Salad with Bacon, Cherries and Pecans from Amber Ketchum at Homemade Nutrition
- Lacinato Kale Salad with Peaches and Maple Vinaigrette from Sara Haas RDN, LDN
- Peachy Green Quesadilla from Shannon Garcia Kiss in the Kitchen
- Grilled Peach and Avocado Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette from Ashley Munro at A Pinch of Grace
- Smoky Salmon with Grilled Peach and Tomato Salad from Katie Cavuto at Healthy Bites
- Ginger Lime Chicken with Grilled Peaches from Victoria Shanta Retelny at The Lifestyle Nutritionist
- Quinoa with Arugula and Peaches from Meri Raffetto at Real Living Nutrition
- Peach and Avocado Sunshine Salad from Liz Weiss at Meal Makeover Moms
- Strawberry Peach Popsicles from Chrissy Carroll at Snacking in Sneakers
- Amaretto Roasted Peaches from Lauren Harris-Pincus Nutrition Starring You
- Grilled Stone Fruit with Honey Lemon Yogurt Sauce from Jessica Levinson at Nutritioulicious
- Peaches and Cream Popsicles from Marie Dittmer at Healthy Ideas Place
- Gluten Free Peach Tart with Cream Cheese, Berry Sauce and Cinnamon-Almond Crust from E.A. Steward at Spicy RD Nutrition
- Grilled Peaches with Riesling and Honey Coconut Cream from Katie Cavuto at Healthy Bites
- Peaches and Cream Frozen Yogurt from Jenny Shea Rawn at My Cape Cod Kitchen
- Peach Ice Cream from Angie Asche at Eleat Nutrition
- Peach Cobbler in a Mug from Luvo
What’s your favorite way to eat a peach? Let us know in the comments!
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