Domestic peaches are in season now!  We grow Peaches in many regions of the United States, but the most famous areas for peach farming are California, Georgia & South Carolina.  And all 3 of these regions are keeping our grocery stores stocked right now with peaches!  They are an iconic summertime fruit & won’t last long – make sure you pick some up this weekend while grocery shopping!

Let's discuss how to Select, Store & Serve PEACHES!
Let’s discuss how to Select, Store & Serve PEACHES!

Select

  • The red blush on your peaches does NOT indicate ripeness or flavor – color can vary, but all peaches have a yellow under color
  • Smell your peaches — they should be fragrant
  • Skin should be firm & fuzzy — avoid peaches with wrinkles or skin with blemishes
  • Peaches are often available at various stages of firmness — ripe peaches will yield to gentle pressure.

Store

  • Place firm peaches on your countertop at room temperature – they will ripen within a few days.  You can speed up the ripening process by putting them in a brown bag.  Add a tomato, avocado or banana to the brown bag to further expedite the at-home ripening process
  • Once a peach is ripe, you can refrigerate them for up to a week
  • Do not refrigerate firm peaches!  They will not ripen properly!

Serve

  • My favorite way to eat a summer peach is out-of-hand.  I’m so obsessed! Don’t forget your napkin, though.  Ripe peaches are JUICY!
  • To peel your peaches: place it in boiling water for 30 seconds & then shock it in ice water.  The skin will peel off easily.
  • Toss sliced peaches with lemon juice to minimize browning/oxidation.
  • For recipes featuring peaches, check out Sage Fruit’s recipe page.
Nutritional Information compliments of FruitsandVeggiesMoreMatters.org
Peaches are delicious & nutritious

 

Have fun grocery shopping this weekend!  Let me know if you have any questions about Peaches or any of the fruits & veggies in the produce department!  I’m always available here on my website and on my Facebook & Twitter pages 🙂

 

xoxo Produce Mom

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