- Peaches are available from May to September, with peak season being July to August.
Health Benefits of Peaches:
- Peaches are a rich source of Vitamins A, C and E. They also contain high amounts of potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.
- Peaches are rich in phytochemicals called phenols that act as antioxidants.
How to Select Peaches:
- When selecting peaches, smell the fruit, it should have a pleasingly sweet fragrance.
- Look for a creamy gold to yellow under color. The red or “blush” of a peach is an indication of variety, not ripeness.
- Peaches should be soft to the touch but not mushy. Don’t squeeze peaches; they bruise easily.
How to Store Peaches:
- Place firm peaches on the counter at room temperature and they will ripen within a few days.
- Promptly refrigerate ripe peaches, and eat them within a week of purchase.
How to Prepare Peaches:
- Peaches can be peeled with a knife or by dipping it into boiling water for 30 seconds, then in cold water. Then peel should slide off easily.
- To remove the pit, slice the peach in half around the pit, twist the halves and remove the pit.
- To keep sliced peaches from browning, dip them into a mixture of 1 cup water with 1 Tbsp. lemon juice.
Fun Facts About Peaches:
- The first peach orchard in the USA was established in Florida in 1565.
- A healthy stress-reliever that helps reduce anxiety, peaches are often referred to as the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ in Hungary.