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?

The Best Ways to Eat a Peach

Selecting the Perfect Peach

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Smell the peach. Peaches should have a sweet fragrance when you sniff them.
  4. 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.

Storing Peaches

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

Appetizers and Entrees


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