Peaches: How to Select, Store & Serve - The Produce Moms

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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Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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